Police: Man Used 1-Year-Old As Human Shield Against Officers
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BREMERTON, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – A local Suquamish man reportedly tried to use a 1-year-old child as a human shield to defend himself against pursuing police officers.
According to the Kitsap Sun, an unidentified 30-year-old man was holding the child while officers tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for a state probation violation on Tuesday.
Documents obtained by the paper and filed with the Kitsap County District Court stated that when one cop recognized him, he pulled out his Taser and indicated to the man that he had a warrant for his arrest.
“That is not me,” he initially replied, before then insisting that he should “at least get [his] wife.”
When he tried to leave the scene, the officer stopped him, adding that he did not have permission to do so. That’s when the man allegedly tried to “[use] the child as a shield,” the affidavit stated.
Officers asked the man to put the child down, but he instead tried to walk past them. At that time, police reportedly forced him against a wall and used the Taser on him, to avoid hurting the child.
The Sun learned that a meth pipe fell out of the man’s pocket during the struggle.
The man attempted to destroy the pipe, but his efforts were thwarted when officers again used the Taser on him.
“[He then] released the child carefully to the ground and lay [sic] face down,” the affidavit noted.
Police then cuffed him and took him to the Kitsap County jail. The child was reportedly returned to its mother by authorities.