SPD Investigates Death of Man in Custody

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SPRINGFIELD – A man died after being arrested by Springfield Police, a press release from SPD says.

An off duty officer working inside a Walmart was told two shoplifting suspects fled the store to a nearby restaurant. The officer called for backup and followed them to the restaurant.

The off-duty officer from the Walmart apprehended one of the suspects, and the second suspect escaped the restaurant. 

Backup officers arrived and chased the suspect on foot, in which one of the officers deployed their taser during the chase.

The two officers apprehended the suspect at the intersection of Glenstone and Kearney. They found the man had stopped breathing and called for an ambulance.

The press release also says the officers conducted life-saving measures on the male suspect. 

The name of the deceased man has not been released. 

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