UPDATE TUESDAY APRIL 2, 2:30 p.m.:
Springfield police confirm the dead suspect is Wally McCurdy, 32, from Springfield. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 417-869-8477.
Springfield police are investigating the death of a shoplifting suspect.
A Springfield police officer who was working in a off-duty job at Walmart called for backup after being informed that two shoplifting suspects fled the store for a nearby Culver’s restaurant. The officer then detained a female suspect while a male suspect fled as backup officers arrived on the scene.
The male suspect was apprehended at the Glenstone/Kearney intersection.
Once the suspect was in custody, officers noted that he was no longer breathing. The officers requested an ambulance and administered life-saving actions, but the suspect died at Mercy Hospital. SPD is holding the suspect’s identity pending next of kin notifications.
The female suspect has been booked into the Greene County Jail.