GREENWOOD, S.C. -- A Greenwood County man died Wednesday afternoon after he was shocked with a Taser.
Ernest Owen Ridlehuber III was subdued with Taser after deputies responded to a home on Old Laurens Road in Greenwood.
Deputies said they had no choice but to shock the man after he made threats against them.
Deputies said the man became violent and wouldn't stop fighting even after being shocked the first time. Police also said they thought he had a gun.
Family members said that Ridlehuber had been missing since Tuesday and they had searched for him overnight.
The 53-year-old father and grandfather was found at a friend's home on Old Laurens Road in Greenwood County.
"I really am just kind of numb at this point," said sister, Linda Fisher.
Ridlehuber's family had been trying to get him to a doctor so that he could get back on medication, but family members said Ridlehuber wouldn't come out and that's when they called police.
Greenwood County Coroner Steve Owings said that when deputies arrived at the house, Ridlehuber became violent with them, as well, and they shocked him with a Taser.
"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.