St. Cloud po­lice: Sus­pect in child’s stab­bing killed

Orlando Sentinel - - Local & State - By Cristóbal Reyes Staff writer Katie Rice con­trib­uted. creyes-rios@ or­lan­dosen­

A man was shot dead Tues­day by St. Cloud po­lice of­fi­cers af­ter wit­nesses re­ported him stab­bing a 9-year-old girl mul­ti­ple times in the face and body, po­lice Chief Pete Gauntlett told re­porters.

The child was driven by fam­ily mem­bers to St. Cloud Hos­pi­tal and later trans­ferred to Arnold Palmer Hos­pi­tal in Or­lando, where she is in sta­ble con­di­tion. Gauntlett said she has stab wounds to her face and neck.

It’s un­clear how she and the sus­pect knew each other.

The uniden­ti­fied sus­pect was re­port­edly in the same house as the vic­tim at the time of the stab­bing, which the agency said oc­curred around 12:45 p.m.

Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing the sus­pect run­ning “er­rat­i­cally” through the neigh­bor­hood around Third Street and Ge­or­gia Av­enue in St. Cloud, “cov­ered in blood and with vis­i­ble wounds,” Gauntlett said.

Neigh­bors re­ported see­ing him run through sev­eral back­yards and at­tempt­ing to break into an RV parked be­hind a nearby home.

He was later gunned down by two po­lice of­fi­cers, who were placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave while the Florida Depart­ment of

Law En­force­ment in­ves­ti­gates the in­ci­dent. There were no other in­juries.

Af­ter shoot­ing the sus­pect, of­fi­cers be­gan life­sav­ing mea­sures and re­quested paramedics. St. Cloud Fire Res­cue re­sponded just be­fore 1 p.m. and pro­nounced him dead shortly af­ter­ward.

“It’s our un­der­stand­ing pre­lim­i­nar­ily that the sus­pect in this case was re­spon­si­ble for the stab­bing,” Gauntlett said. “We have yet to con­firm all the de­tails. This is raw in­for­ma­tion.”

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