Advocate defends officer who tased man during fire

KSDK – A police advocate from Colorado is coming to the defense of an officer under fire for tasing a man who was trying to run into a burning building to save his three year old stepson.

Joel Shults, the man coming to the defense of the Louisiana, Mo. officer, is a police chief in Colorado with ties to Missouri – in fact, the officer was his student.

Shults, who currently serves as the police chief at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo., plans on being in Louisiana Tuesday for a council meeting to defend the officer.

The city is currently investigating the tasing incident, which happened on Halloween. A man was tasered when he tried to go back into a burning home to rescue his 3-year-old stepson, who was trapped inside.

Officials say Ryan Miller was told the fire was too dangerous, but he tried to go inside the house anyway. Officers tried to restrain Miller, but it proved too difficult, and they had to take more serious measure.

Three year old Riley Jeffrey Miller died in the blaze.


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