ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – (UPDATED 6 p.m.) An Oakville-area man who was harming himself and destroying his home died Monday night after being tased by police.
Officers were called to the 2900 block of Gladwood Drive by a family member who said 57-year-old Tereance Klein may have been under the influence of drugs.
Police say that family member barricaded Klein in the basement after he started hitting himself in the head with frying pans.
When officers tried to restrain Klein, they say he resisted, so they used a taser.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of his death.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
South St. Louis County police were called to an Oakville home where a 57-year-old man was hitting himself with a frying pan.
He was handcuffed and tased by police, and then found to not be breathing and pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers responded to a home in the 2900 block of Gladwood Drive for a call about a violent subject about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
A report from police described the following situation:
The comments of the call indicated the adult male subject was harming himself, destroying the home, and possibly under the influence of drugs. The reporting party, an immediate family member, barricaded the subject in the basement of the home after he started hitting himself in the head with frying pans.
When the first officer arrived on scene, the reporting party advised him to wait for an assist car because he believed the officer would be hurt. A second officer arrived on scene and they contacted the subject. In an effort to restrain him to prevent harm he could do to himself or others, officers attempted to handcuff him.
The subject immediately began to display combative behavior toward them. Officers were not able to gain control of the subject and were forced to use the taser. After the individual was handcuffed, police officers and EMS observed that he was not breathing. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful and the subject was pronounced deceased on scene.
The victim, Tereance Klein, 57, was a resident of the home.
The incident is under investigation by the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.
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