Dramatic footage has captured the moment a dad used his infant son as a human shield during an intense altercation with police that resulted in him being Tasered and arrested.
Police officers from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were responding to a report from a woman that alleged her boyfriend, Brandon Loehner, had abducted their one-year-old son at gunpoint in Palm Coast, Florida last week.
Loehner was quickly spotted driving recklessly nearby with the child in his lap, crossing over medians and speeding along a parkway.
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Initially, the dad refused to pull over after cops attempted a traffic stop, and at one point careened into oncoming traffic, New York Post reports.
But he soon turned into a Target shopping centre and parked near a McDonald’s drive-thru before exiting the vehicle, while still holding the boy.
Body camera footage taken shortly after shows Loehner refusing to put the child down while surrounded by deputies, including a K-9 unit, as he stood with his back to the wall of the restaurant.
Following a brief confrontation, during which the bloke held the toddler up like a human shield, the man was Tasered and he drops to the ground.
An officer immediately scooped up the child, which was wearing a nappy and a top, and tried to comfort him as he dried for his father who was continuing to resist arrest.
Eventually, Loehner was subdued with the aid of the police dog and charged with kidnapping, using a minor as a shield, resisting with violence, child neglect, fleeing and eluding and reckless driving.
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Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement: "Here is a case of a domestic situation turning violent, putting a 1-year-old child and innocent drivers in danger.
"Deputies were confronted with a very chaotic situation and a very combative individual that was putting his child at risk by using the child as a shield.
"Our deputies did everything they could to quickly rescue this child safely from a madman and apprehend the suspect."
The child quickly reunited with his mother. Loehner has been treated for injuries sustained from the service animal.
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