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Rangers, Officers Confront Disturbed Man In Park

Castillo De San Marcos National Monument

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On the afternoon of August 1st, the operator of a vehicle that overturned in an accident outside the park ran towards the park, removing his clothing along the way. He bypassed the entrance station and ran into the fort while naked, ignoring all commands to stop and pushing visitors out of his way. Law enforcement rangers and St. Augustine PD officers soon arrived on scene and isolated him in an upstairs room. The man, who was bleeding from facial injuries, refused to obey their commands, threw punches at them, and ran repeatedly into the coquina walls while rambling incoherently. Rangers and officers drew and displayed their tasers. A St. Augustine officer fired his taser, but it had little effect on the man, who then ran to a railing, threw himself over, and landed head first about 15 feet below, sustaining additional injuries. He was conscious and breathing when he was removed from the fort. A medevac flight took him to Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville for treatment of injuries, including a skull fracture.



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