According to authorities, a Florida prisoner attacked detention officers at a facility in Frostproof and later passed away there.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, registered sex offender Eric Nelson, who had a 26-year criminal history, passed away on Friday at a hospital after attempting to kick, punch, and bite law enforcement.
The Lakeland Police Department detained him on Friday after receiving a tip of a potential burglary suspect running from a Taco Bell toward a Starbucks. Officers found him in the Starbucks parking lot, where they examined his backpack.
In the backpack, police discovered syringes and a baggie containing a material that tested positive for methamphetamine. Nelson admitted to the officers that he “shoots meth” with the needles.