- Erich Stelzer, from Cohasset, Massachusetts, died in police custody on Thursday after officers used stun guns to control him, according to authorities.
- Police had responded to a disturbance call and found Stelzer stabbing his Tinder date, Maegan Tapley, multiple times, according to a press release from the Cohasset, Massachusetts, Police Department.
- Stelzer’s family said they tried to get the bodybuilder mental health help two days before the attack.
- They said EMTs evaluated Stelzer on Christmas but determined he did not need to be hospitalized.
The family of a fitness YouTuber who died in police custody after authorities say he stabbed his Tinder date multiple times said they tried to get the bodybuilder help for mental health issues days before the attack.
An attorney for Erich Stelzer’s family said the fitness vlogger had been experiencing delusions, erratic behaviour, and extreme paranoia, NBC Boston reported.
Stelzer died in police custody on Thursday after police used stun guns on him when they found him attacking his date with a knife, according to a press release from the Cohasset, Massachusetts, Police Department.
The woman he had attacked, identified as Maegan Tapley, had reportedly met Stelzer on Tinder. She sustained extensive stab and slash wounds and was able to escape when police arrived on the scene, according to authorities.
Tapley is expected to make a full recovery.
An attorney for Stelzer’s family told NBC they were worried about the 25-year-old’s safety in the days before the incident and had noticed a decline in his mental health.
The family reportedly called police and EMTs on Christmas Day to express their concerns over Stelzer’s behaviour, claiming he was experiencing a psychotic breakdown and needed to be hospitalized.
EMTs assessed Stelzer and determined he was “lucid enough to know his name and the date,” and did not need hospitalisation, the family said according to NBC.
The following day, the family hired a team to help bring Stelzer to a treatment facility, but the attack happened before they could do so.
Stelzer’s family said the bodybuilder had been in the care of mental health professionals for part of December, but that his needs were not being met.
“The family of Erich Stelzer wishes to express its deepest sympathy for the victim and her family,” family attorney Philip G. Cormier said in a statement to NBC Boston. “They are without words to adequately communicate their grief and sorrow at the events that transpired, the physical and mental pain caused to the victim, and the loss of life of a young man who was someone’s little brother and someone’s son.”
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