The family of a 3-year-old killed in a northern Missouri house fire says it is outraged after police used a stun gun on the boy’s stepfather as he tried to run back in and save the child.
Riley Miller died early Oct. 31 in the Mississippi River town of Louisiana. A city police officer fired his stun gun at Ryan Miller as he tried to re-enter his burning home, which was destroyed.
Grandmother Lori Miller says she witnessed two officers use the stun gun three times, twice after Ryan Miller had been handcuffed.
Update: More from the NY Daily News:
Ryan kicked in the front door and was about to enter when he was tasered — twice, according to Louisiana officials, although the Millers claim the man was shocked three times.
But Ryan wouldn’t sit still.
“I was hysterical, yes, because I wanted to save my son,” Ryan told the Louisiana Press Journal.
The fire chief then made the call to have Ryan handcuffed and taken to the police station.
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“Fire officials felt he was compromising the scene and wasn’t following their directions,” City Administrator Bob Jenne told The News.
Ryan said his son was still breathing when officials carried him out of the house, which means that for the last few moments of Riely’s life, his dad was sitting in a jail cell.
1983 won’t even cut it.