Man Dies After Stabbing Woman In Front Of Cops, Being Tased; Dad Blames Cops

Erich Stelzer died after police used a Taser to stop his attack.

Cohasset, MA – A man died Thursday night after he stabbed a woman he met on the dating app Tinder and police used their Tasers to subdue him.

Erich Stelzer, 25, was actively assaulting the woman with a knife when police arrived and the victim sustained substantial stabbing and slashing injuries, according to WCVB.

According to the victim's GoFundMe, she was "beaten, stabbed, majority of hair ripped from her head," and suffered broken bones.

Stelzer was described by some media outlets as a YouTube bodybuilder. The Erich Stelzer YouTube account had 273 subscribers with numerous workout videos posted, the most recent were from a year ago.

"Police came and (used Tasers on) him four times. Four times," said Harry Stelzer, the father of Erich, on his Facebook page, according to WCVB. "He died on the way to the hospital. 25-years-old. He was my life. This is not over."

Police did not release how many times the Tasers were used on Stelzer.

"Now aren't they tough enough to put him in handcuffs? Tase him two times? Put him in a state of mind where he has no control over his bodily functions and then just handcuff him?" Stelzer said, according to WBZ.

An official with the district attorney’s office said Stelzer was given immediate medical attention by emergency medical paramedics at the scene and while he was being transported to the hospital, he became unresponsive and was later pronounced dead, according to WCVB.

"I'm extremely proud of the job my officers did," Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley said, according to WCVB. "They acted heroically and absolutely saved a life. While it's sad there's a loss of life, they did great work."

Erich Stelzer’s family said they were trying to get him help for mental health issues in the days before the attack, according to WBZ.

A Stelzer family attorney said Erich Stelzer was having delusions and suffering from paranoia, WBZ reported.

Stelzer’s family said they called police and EMTs on Christmas Day and the EMT’s assessment was that Stelzer didn’t need help because he was “lucid enough to know his own name and date,” WBZ reported.

The family said they hired a group of people to bring Stelzer to a facility to be treated but the attack happened before they could make that happened, WBZ reported.

Police said Maegan Tapley, 24, would survive the attack by Stelzer.

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LEO030
LEO030

I would love to read a story where the family said the police were not to blame for the actions and end result of some crazed person attempting to kill someone. I'm not sure what the father wanted to the police to do? They certainly could have shot and killed him in order to save the girl from dying of knife wounds.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

They should have shot him. Excited delirium, likely cocaine, and I'll toss in some kind of steroids ( just a guess ). Cohasset will write a check, but hey, he won't do that again!

ptindle
ptindle

How were the cops to blame for an attempted murderer dieing the cops did their jobs they stopped a woman from being murdered by the hands of your mentally ill son,the cops in this article did an awesome job!!!

Cookie9301
Cookie9301

The officers did their job. Maybe the family should have done theirs. Don't blame the officers because you as a family were to laxed. Was this work freak on meds to enhance his performance???? Lets look at all the facts

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Don't blame the family for verbally lashing out in the throes of their grief, and not going to blame the guy's parents without more info, but sounds like the police officers did an excellent job here and saved an innocent life.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

"This is not over."

Yes. Yes, it is.

K9smatter
K9smatter

Great job officers! Way to stand behind your Men Chief Quigley! I'm betting roids had something to do with his craziness and subsequent death.

NCgangCOP
NCgangCOP

It’ll be interesting to see if the autopsy reveals any level of anabolic steroids in the subject’s system, which can cause out of control and erratic behavior.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

The idiot got what he deserved!

Tommy54
Tommy54

Your son was a POS. He deserved what happened to him.

sanman
sanman

If I was the father of that woman I would now beat that father for raising and supporting a fkn looser who beats women.

Freebie
Freebie

What a LOSER this guy is!! If he was mentally ill what was he doing out with his father and why was he in possession of a knife?

sdr01115
sdr01115

They should of shot the little bastard..POS got what he deserved...proably learned from his father,who won't hold his son responsible for his actions..if I was that woman's parents..I suebhis family,because they knew he was mental

Rhmski
Rhmski

Police did a great job, they saved a life. He died probably the result of drug (steroid) use. They weaken the heart.

Bcrystal83
Bcrystal83

I pray his death was long and painful. What a real POS, sounds like he learned from his POS father. I hope her father sues the POS after he beats, stabs and breaks a few bones just so he can feel what his son caused his daughter. And to the loser who died I hope you rott in hell.

Lbw654
Lbw654

He was probably on something that caused his heart to stop and was slightly exacerbated by the tasers. His father sounds like a real fktard, you’re son almost murdered and innocent person and it’s the cops fault!! Pathetic..

Janken
Janken

Wow this guy was crazy and his father blames the police. The girl needs to sue that family. Sorry for their loss but think what would have happened to him if he would have killed her

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

What a pussy

PADDYWAGON
PADDYWAGON

......Sorry, but I don't find this loss of life the least bit sorrowful.....

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Quote from article-"Police came and (used Tasers on) him four times. Four times," said Harry Stelzer, the father of Erich, on his Facebook page, according to WCVB. "He died on the way to the hospital. 25-years-old. He was my life. This is not over."

Yes its over Harry Stelzer as he should have been shot...Now you can look into your own mirror as to what you could have/should have done differently to raise such a POS as this. This is partly due to your faulty input/lack of input as a parent. This couldn't have been the very first warning sign to you. Notice Stelzer says nothing about the resulting welfare of the beaten woman. Eric made many very poor decisions which had many negative repercussions . Eric made his choices so don't look for someone else to blame Harry. ...Eric lived with these decisions ....and then died by them. End of story.

Deputybrandon
Deputybrandon

Sounds like the victim is the one that should be the bringing suit against the family.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

No Mr. Stelzer, they should have shot and killed him!! Either way, his death is his fault!! Not the police!! I'll bet money they find drugs in his system during the autopsy!! Now prepare yourself, cause I hope this young lady sues the shit out of you!!!

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

Considering the cops would have been well within their rights to blow this guy away as he was actively trying to murder the girl, they showed incredible restraint in only deploying tasers. Maybe if the dad hadn’t raised a total fuckup who was no doubt already amped up on some sort of drug when he got zapped, we wouldn’t be here. Hope the young woman recovers and the judge immediately dismisses any lawsuit brought by the family of the douchebag roid-rager.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Probably a reaction to steroids.

HowieFelterSnatch
HowieFelterSnatch

"Police came and (used Tasers on) him four times. Four times". Should've just shot him once.

Danimyl
Danimyl

They would have been justified in shooting him, but they were trying to take him alive. In hind sight they should have just shot him.

BlueWife9
BlueWife9

You are absolutely right!! They shouldn’t have tazed him, THEY SHOULD HAVE SHOT HIM!!! A man is trying to kill a woman by stabbing her and has scarred her face for life and you are blaming the police? The dad must be on steroids too with that kind of stupid thought process!!! Read up on tazers, educate yourself. It was the ‘roids that killed the woman beater, not the tazers.

ween
ween

Steroids ......... His own family said they couldn't handle him, they hired a group of people to get him to treatment, they had to call the police on him as recent as Christmas, if you have never tried to deal with someone in this state of mind, the young lady he was beating is lucky the Police showed up when they did, and she is lucky to be alive, they were justified in using lethal force.

artw4545
artw4545

Think about it, most people are compliant after being hit with the taser once, they had to tased him 4 times.

Bigoak
Bigoak

Crazy doings are we supposed to be upset with the police because they didn’t ultimately use deadly force? Or are we supposed to be upset with the woman cause she made him crazy? It’s just real hard to feel one way or the other because we’ve gone overly nuts ourselves.

Minivanmom
Minivanmom

To the dad ,your a putz! Thank you officers for saving this womans life.. I wouldn't have bothers with tasers. 🤷J's. Good job to our men in blue .#bluelivesmatter

Rabit1
Rabit1

Glad the loser is dead. Done deal

MeanJoe
MeanJoe

Not one statement of remorse for the victim by the father. Just straight to blaming the cops. Officers showed extreme restraint when they tased him 4 times instead of going to lethal force. Steroids and who knows what else killed him not the taser.

5150
5150

Sorry, but your Son is a POS and got what he deserved. End of story.

BarbNak
BarbNak

Sounds like a terrible case of 'roid rage. The cops are heroes for saving the woman; they probably would've been justified in shooting the perpetrator.

SDPD6161
SDPD6161

Should of Shot his ass!

Oldbarnowl
Oldbarnowl

That's a sorry father...defending his son is probably the reason he's a pos.

sandyj2u
sandyj2u

it is sad that he died, prayers to his family. But, he was attacking someone with a weapon. Im sure the police wanted to not use deadly force or he woyld have been shot! Prayers for victim and officers involved.

provguard
provguard

After the first taze, a bullet should have been used. Now put the father on the Killary List and begone with the whole situation except for the poor victim....

JBo
JBo

Don't bring a Taser to a knife attack. You start out behind the curve.

Jimmer
Jimmer

Father said they were seeking help for son??? This issue with him did not start overnight, I am sure it has been going on a long time. I will bet overuse of steroids had a play in this!! Officers should not be punished for doing their job.

LEOwife76
LEOwife76

Officers didn't do anything wrong they saved the young lady who was being attacked by the psycho I don't care what problems he had before he was trying to kill a young innocent girl. I'm surprised they tased him in the first place. And didn't quickly get rid of the threat by shooting him if they had a shot that would not hurt the young lady what were thankful for her is that she is okay and unfortunately he chose his path he chose the way that led to his death, not the police officers apparently the parents are just upset because they should have done more to help their child and so now that he's gone they're just going to try the sue and get money out of his death that's pathetic to me

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

Erich Stelzer’s family said they were trying to get him help for mental health issues in the days before the attack, according to WBZ. There's your answer family!!! Don't blame the cops when you didn't get him the help he needed WAY before this..It's okay your nut case son ruined a beautiful young woman's life forever...JACK WAGONS

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

If she was meeting up with him as the result of a "Tinder" ad, "innocent" would not be among the words I would have used to describe her. No one deserves to be attacked viciously like that, she needs to make better decisions though.

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

Agreed. His father clearly knew he was a danger to himself and others. I would like to see him sued for the cost of the LE and EMT response.

Jetranger206
Jetranger206

If he was stabbing her when officers arrived why did they taze him...…….should have shot him....and made him DRT...

Alicealabama
Alicealabama

People are always going to blame someone or something . I hope officers will help save my life if ever I am in need...thank you all for your service...

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

great job officers!!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

What mental issues does the father have??? Or drug issues?????

ZoraZora
ZoraZora

How is the father not mortified to show his name/face? You raised a monster! Sad he was having mental health issues, but he seriously assaulted someone - on a first date, my God...