A man who forced his way into a St. Louis restaurant and threatened the lives of employees was pronounced dead after being tased for not complying with police orders.

Police say around 10:20 a.m. Saturday, 61-year-old Scott Anello forced his way into the Tamm Avenue Grill in the 1200 block of Tamm Avenue prior to the restaurant opening to customers for the day. The man was reportedly threatened the restaurant employees with a large butcher knife.

Officers say they gave the man multiple attempts to put the knife down, but he refused and was tased. As he was being placed into custody, he stopped breathing and was transported by EMS to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Force Investigative Unit is handling the ongoing investigation.