When family members went inside the home to get Ridlehuber he became violent with them and they called deputies. The police officers arrived. Ridlehuber was still 'combative'. Deputies said they had no choice but to use their taser gun on the man after threats against them were made.
Ridlehuber collapsed after the shock and later died.
"He was a very big man, and if he didn't want to do something he wasn't going to do it," said Linda Ridlehuber, Ernest Ridlehuber's sister. "It's just hard for me, at this point, to even believe it's happened. It's like a bad dream"
"He came at the officers the officers deployed the Taser -- Tasered the gentlemen -- the man still continued to fight (and) the Taser was deployed several more times," said Greenwood County Sheriff's Office Major John Murray.
An autopsy will be performed Thursday morning to determine the specific cause of Ridlehuber's death. Toxicology tests will also be performed.
Villager's Thoughts: Since when does a grown-azzed 53-year old man need to get permission to spend some time at a friend's house? Since when do the police feel a need to use a taser multiple times on a guy for being angry? Methinks that his family and the police both overreacted ... and the result is that Mr. Ridlehuber is dead.