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Man dies after being shocked with Taser by Ocoee police

Officers called for domestic disturbance

OCOEE, Fla. – A man died after being shocked with a Taser by police late Thursday during a domestic violence incident in Ocoee, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. 
 
Officials said Ocoee and Windermere police were called to a home on Calliope Street in the Windsor Landings subdivision around 11:15 p.m. about a domestic disturbance. 
 
"My daughter heard a piercing scream," neighbor Melissa Abramson said. 
 
Ocoee police said the incident escalated and officers used force, including Tasers, to take Jean Samuel Celestin, 33, into custody. Police said Celestin's condition became serious and officers performed lifesaving procedures on him.
 
"We saw emergency personnel doing CPR on somebody right behind me," Abramson said.
 
FDLE Special Agent Supervisor Andrew Watts said Celestin, the son of one of the victims at the home, died after he was taken to Health Central. 
 
The medical examiner will determine his cause of death. 
 
No shots were fired during the incident, officials said. 
 
An officer suffered minor injuries during the incident, Watts said. 
 
The FDLE will investigate the use of force at the request of both the Ocoee and Windermere police chiefs.      
 
FDLE Special Agent in Charge Lee Massie said their investigation is in the early stages.
 
"We will put the facts together that we determine based on our investigation into the use of force," Massie said. 
 
Massie said Celestin was struggling with police when they took him into custody.
 
Massie adds it's unclear how many officers fired their Tasers or how many times Celestin was hit. He said it's also unknown if Celestin had any medical issues or if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
 
"We don't have any of the toxicology reports back from the ME, so that will come with that," he said. 
 
News 6 stopped by the home Friday afternoon, but no one answered the door.
 
FDLE agents were back on the scene collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Massie said there is body camera video of the incident and agents will review it.
 
Massie said it's unknown how long it will take for FDLE to finish its investigation into the use of force. Once FDLE's investigation is complete, it will turn its findings over to the State Attorney's Office to determine if any criminal charges should be filed. 
 
"Then the agencies will look internally at their policies and their officers' actions and make the determination whether they [followed the policies] or not," Massie said.                
 
No other details have been released. 


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