City of Louisiana expects lawsuit in house fire stun-gun incident

Riley Miller died early Thursday morning in a house fire at a home at 405 S. Main St.

The City of Louisiana anticipates a lawsuit from the family of a 3-year-old boy who died in a house fire.

Riley Miller died early Thursday morning in a house fire at a home at 405 S. Main St. Firefighters arrived at the scene at 1:03 a.m.

Louisiana Police Department Sgt. Jeffery Salois stunned the child's stepfather Ryan Miller with a Taser as he tried to re-enter the house. Family members said that Salois stunned Miller at least three times.

City Administrator Bob Jenne said Tuesday that no outside agencies are investigating the Salois incident. Salois remains on active duty with the department, Jenne said.

â??We do have an investigator from the city's insurance carrier looking in to this because of the possibility of potential litigation,â?? Jenne said.

The state fire marshal's report into the cause of the fire could take up to three weeks to complete, according to Jenne. No foul play is suspected.

Salois, whose actions during the fire drew a sharp rebuke from Millers' family, has a near decade-long history in law enforcement at as many as five different law enforcement agencies in Northeast Missouri.

Salois' tenure with the Bowling Green Police Department was marred in some controversy involving then city administrator Dan Gruen and then police chief Pete Cannon.

Salois witnessed the disagreement that led to a criminal assault charge against Gruen. He was later acquitted.

Salois worked with the Bowling Green Police Department from April 26, 2004 to Sept. 26, 2004.

After Salois left the Bowling Green department he accepted a position at the Vandalia Police Department. He worked there from Dec. 30, 2004 to March 27, 2005. He took a job as a deputy at the Audrain County Sheriff's Office from April 1, 2005 to Oct. 24, 2005 before returning to work with the Vandalia Police Department from Oct. 27, 2005 and left Aug. 6, 2008.

Later he worked for the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said.

He's worked with the Louisiana police for no more than three years.

City attorney Bob Rapp said Tuesday that he couldn't speak about the incident citing attorney/client privilege.