LOUISIANA, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) – A Missouri family is demanding to know why police shot a father with a stun gun as his 3-year-old step-son died in a house fire reports KHQA-TV.
The fire started last Thursday night after Ryan and Cathy Miller had gone to sleep.
They were awakened by smoke and escaped the house to call 911.
3-year-old Riley Miller was sleeping in his bedroom.
The house was too hot for firefighters to enter.
Lori Miller, Riley’s grandmother, tells the station that when Ryan Miller tried to get back into the burning house to save the boy, officers shot him with a taser and put him in the back of a police car.
“He tried to get back in the house to get the baby,” she said. “They took my son to jail because he tried to save his son.”
Firefighters later found Riley’s body near the doorway to the bedroom.
Ryan Miller’s sister-in-law blames the police for the child’s death.
“It’s just heartless. How could they be so heartless?” said Emily Miller.
“And while they all just stood around and waited for the fire department, what kind of police officer wouldn’t try and save a three year old burning in a house?”
The Millers have another son who was not home at the time of the fire.
Authorities say the fire was not suspicious