An employee of a shoe store in Branson is fighting for his life tonight in a Springfield hospital after he was critically injured as he attempted to subdue a shoplifter shortly after 10:00 a.m. at Shoe Carnival on Branson Hills Parkway.

Branson police say the employee followed a black male in his late teen's or early 20's to a Chrysler Sebring convertaible (that has extensive body damage) and was holding onto the vehcile when he fell and hit his head as the vehicle sped away.

The shoplifting suspect is a black male, approximately 5'5"-5'7" tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a black t-shirt and baggy blue jeans. The driver of the getaway vehicle is a white male, approximately 6'-6'3" tall, with a large build last seen wearing a white shirt and black gym shorts.

If you have any information that can help police you're asked to call the Branson Police Department at 417-334-3300 or 9-1-1. To remain anonymous call the department's CATCH line at 417-334-1085.

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The Branson Police Department is investigating an incident that left an employee of the Shoe Carnival Store on the Branson Hills Parkway in critical condition. The incident occurred at approximately 10:15 a.m. this morning when a man shoplifted a pair of shoes from the store. The man then ran out into the parking lot and entered a vehicle with a second male. As they left the area, the store employee attempted to stop them by hanging onto the vehicle. He then fell as the vehicle sped away. The employee sustained head injuries and was airlifted to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, where he is listed in critical condition.

The suspects were described as both being in their late teens or early 20's. The suspect taking the shoes is described as a black male, approximately 5'5"-5'7" tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a black t-shirt and baggy blue jeans. The second suspect, the driver of the vehicle, is described as a white male, approximately 6'-6'3" tall, with a large build. He was wearing a white shirt and black gym shorts.

The suspect vehicle is an older model black Chrysler Sebring convertable with extensive body damage.

Anyone having information to offer regarding this incident is asked to contact the Branson Police Department at 334-3300 or to remain anonymous, the Department's CATCH line at 334-1085.

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