Man Stabs Tinder Date; Dies by Police Taser, Says D.A.
Boston, MA - On Thursday, December 27, 2018, a man allegedly attacked and stabbed a woman in Cohasset. According to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, the man was soon after taken into custody, and shortly after that, died due to a police taser.
Police officers received the call at approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday night. They immediately rushed to the location of the stabbing on Church Street. According to the reports, the 9-1-1 calls were received with complaints of a local disturbance. The man who lived at the house on Church Street, 25-year-old Erich Stelzer, was allegedly stabbing a 24-year-old woman.
A source told reporters that Stelzer was acting bizarre as if he was experiencing signs and symptoms from a mental health disorder, or at the very least an abnormal state of mind. Once the police officers saw Stelzer in action, stabbing and slashing the woman, they sought fit to tase the attacker. Sources say Stelzer was tased a total of six times.
The Cohasset Police Chief confirmed that his police officers had used a Taser X2 on Stelzer, and not a stun gun.
The woman did end up escaping her attacker and was brought to a local hospital to get her injuries assessed. Medical personnel have stated that she is expected to survive the horrible incident.
A source had come forward to comment on how the couple had met, stating that they initially became ‘friendly’ via the app known as Tinder.
After police officers had tased Stelzer six times, they had realized that he was not responding. He was then given immediate medical attention to bring him back to responsiveness but was soon after pronounced dead.
Steltzer’s father, Harry Stelzer, had come forward in an interview to state that he feels bad for the victim, but he also thinks that the police officers on the scene had gone a little too far in trying to subdue his son.
So far, the victims’ name is yet to be released. An SUV was towed away from the investigation scene overnight.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information has been reveal yet.