Man dies after police shock him with stun gun in St. Cloud

Suspect appeared to be under influence of drugs or alcohol, police say

ST. CLOUD, Fla. - A St. Cloud man died early Wednesday morning after driving his car into an elementary school fence, resisting arrest and being shocked with a stun gun by police.

Officers received a report of reckless driving and were alerted that the driver, later identified as 30-year-old Gerald F. Altomare Jr., of St. Cloud, had crashed his car into the fence line of Ross E. Jeffries Elementary School on Vermont Avenue going 60 miles per hour.

Altomare ran from the scene, but police located him a short time later, and he appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to officials.

Altomare then attempted to flee again and when ordered by police to surrender, he took a fighting stance, according to police, who said officers shocked him with a stun gun and put him in handcuffs. While in handcuffs, he continued to resist arrest, but he soon lost consciousness, police said.

Altomare was transported to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave. Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating because it was an in-custody death.

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