Gerald F. Altomare Jr. (Photo via St. Cloud Police)
ST. CLOUD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A hit-and-run crash suspect whom police say "took a fighting stance" when they tried to arrest him died after officers stunned him with a stun gun, they said.
Gerald F. Altomare Jr., 30, died at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center on Wednesday.
According to a St. Cloud Police report, officers responded to reports that the driver of a vehicle had crashed into a fence at Ross E. Jeffries Elementary School and fled on foot. They found the suspected driver in the area of 5th Street and Dakota Avenue, near where they had earlier received a report of a reckless driver.
Police said Altomare appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He tried to run and was ordered to surrender. Instead, he "took a fighting stance in an attempt to fight the officers," the police report said.
Altomare was stunned with a stun gun and handcuffed. While handcuffed, he continued to resist arrest, then went unconscious. Altomare was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police are waiting for toxicology reports, and an investigation is underway.