Knife-wielding St. Louis man dies after being tased by police.

taser fatality

A knife-wielding St. Louis man died after being tased by police.

Every time an LEO shoots a knife-wielding suspect, the question is invariably asked, “why didn’t the officer use a taser?”. There are times, such as when the officer has direct backup and no civilians are at risk, when I believe it should be tried. That said, it is important to remember that “less-lethal” force is just that – less lethal. A now-deceased knife-wielding perp learned this the hard way when he barged into the kitchen of a Saint Louis restaurant, and was subsequently tazed by officers from the StLPD.

From KSDK:

Police say around 10:20 a.m. Saturday, 61-year-old Scott Anello forced his way into the Tamm Avenue Grill in the 1200 block of Tamm Avenue prior to the restaurant opening to customers for the day. The man was reportedly threatened the restaurant employees with a large butcher knife.

Officers say they gave the man multiple attempts to put the knife down, but he refused and was tased. As he was being placed into custody, he stopped breathing and was transported by EMS to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation is ongoing, and likely will reveal an underlying medical condition – the perp was 61 years old. And there seems to be little ambiguity in this case with regards to the actions of the perp prior to being tazed.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


Since it is only 15 minutes from Sunday Funny time, here are the other images I found:


don't phase me

If it set to stun, isn’t it sort of the same thing?




the original meme…

don't tase me bro

and still champion…

…and still champion.


  1. Sam L. says:

    The correct answer was, “I’m dropping the knife to the ground, and stepping away from it”.

  2. Paul on Harsens Island says:

    Recently here in Michigan a state trooper tazed a minor driving a 4 by 4 from his moving patrol car. The 15 year old was tazed in the neck, drove into a pickup and was killed.

    1. borg says:

      Sounds like that state trooper endangered not only the teen but also endangered others in traffic and is lucky that teen did not cause a fatal multi-car pileup and/or run over pedestrians due to the trooper’s actions.

  3. borg says:

    It is not uncommon for someone to survive bullets to the forehead. It would be nice to see statistics comparing survival rates of bullets to the forehead with handgun calibers vs Tasers. Is it more survivable for someone with a medical condition to be shot in the forehead rather than tased?

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