Police: Suspect dies after impaling himself on stolen knife

Posted at 3:47 PM, May 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-07 15:47:51-04

PLANT CITY, Fla. – A man has died after impaling himself on a knife police say he stole from a Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

Police say Jerry Ellis Word, 53, took a knife out of its packaging, concealed it and was leaving the store when a loss prevention employee confronted him. Word waved the knife in a threatening way at the employee and ran away.

Word then ran toward an apartment complex, where police believe he impaled himself on the knife. He continued to run but later collapsed behind a building.

Medics took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.