Lawsuit defense in fatal fire tasing begins, probe possible
This shrine was erected at 405 S. Main St. in Louisiana after the fire that killed a three-year-old boy.
Louisiana’s insurance carrier is getting ready to defend any lawsuit stemming from the Oct. 31 fire that killed a young boy and led to police officers shocking his stepfather with a taser gun at the scene.
The city is also waiting to see if the insurance firm will recommend an external investigation into the matter, according to City Administrator Bob Jenne.
An internal investigation “would look like we were trying to cover something up,” Jenne said.
The Louisiana police officers who shocked Ryan Miller with a taser gun while he was trying to break away from them to save his stepson did so to protect him, according to City Administrator Bob Jenne.
Officer William Harrison and Sgt. Jeffrey Salois both used an electric taser gun on Ryan Miller outside of the 405 S. Main St. blaze that killed Riley Jeffrey Rieser, 3.
“They were worried he would succumb to the smoke and heat and we’d have another fatality,” Jenne said. Miller “kept trying to make entry without protective gear.”
Although many in the community have referred to the victim as Riley Jeffrey Rieser Miller, his legal last name was Rieser, Jenne said.
A Miller family member said Wednesday, Nov. 6 that Ryan Miller and wife Catherine Miller were in the middle of adopting the victim when the fire occurred.
For the full story, see the Nov. 13 issue of the Louisiana Press-Journal.