San Antonio police reportedly tasered a man for attempting to save his 8-month-old son from a house fire. The baby died in the fire.
A fire broke out at the child’s grandparents’ home at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. The grandfather, Odell Miller, said the police's decision to taser his son probably saved his life "because he would have definitely perished in this fire."
Miller said his son, his son’s girlfriend and their two children had been living with him for several months. When the fire started, Miller and his wife, Barbara, were able to get one child, a 3-year-old girl, out of the house, but the other child was trapped inside.
“I'm in a state right now where it really doesn't seem like this is real,” Miller told News 4 San Antonio.
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The family attempted to get through two doors and even a window to get to the baby.
"I busted this door in, and couldn't get through to save my grandbaby, but if I would have got him, I would have gave my life for him," Barbara Miller said.
"When my wife first was trying to break this door down, she thought my son was in there also, and that they were both asleep,” added the grandfather.
The son was actually not home when the fire broke out. Then, when he returned to find the house in flames, he attempted to rush inside. That is when police tasered him.
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No criminal charges have been filed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Authorities have not ruled out arson.