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Police Stun Step Dad Trying to Save Son from Fire

The family of a 3-year-old with family ties to Centralia who was killed in a northern Missouri house fire is outraged because police used a stun gun on the boy's stepfather as he tried to run back in and save the child.

Riley Miller died early Oct. 31 in the Mississippi River town of Louisiana. A city police officer fired his stun gun at Ryan Miller as he tried to re-enter his burning home, which was destroyed.   Grandmother Lori Miller says she witnessed two officers use the stun gun three times, twice after Ryan Miller had been handcuffed.

Miller suffered chest burns and was later released from the city jail without being charged.  The family says it is considering legal action against the city.

City Administrator Bob Jenne called the police response a "judgment call." 

Young Riley Miller was laid to rest on Monday at the Little Grove Cemetery near Walnut Hill following funeral services in Centralia.   Local survivors include great grandmother Colleen Mayfield Sanders of Centralia.

(The Associated Press provided most of the information for this story)

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