San Antonio police said they were forced to use a Taser on a distraught father who tried to enter the scene of a house fire to get to his infant son. Police told CBS affiliate KENS that they initially tried to restrain the man, but used the stun gun on him when he wouldn't cooperate.
An SAPD spokesman told the San Antonio Express-News that the infant's body had already been found by authorities, “and the scene was being processed when (the) male tried to forcibly enter the scene.”
The 8-month-old boy died as a result of injuries sustained in the fire, according to the KENS. An arson unit was called to the scene due to the fatality, according to San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove. No criminal charges have been filed.
The fire reportedly started in the bedroom of the home. Five adults and three children under the age of 10 managed to escape the burning house safely after a young woman smelled smoke and shouted that there was a fire, alerting the rest of the family.
Some commenters on Reddit were outraged that police used a Taser on the father who had wanted to save his child, but others thought that the use of force was warranted.
"Never under [any] circumstances do you go back in for a dog, a doll, a ball or a baby. Let the professionals do their job," wrote user deltadawn6.
In April, Atlanta-area police used a Taser to restrain a father attempting to enter his home after his son was fatally mauled by a pit bull.