A Florida man used a one-year-old baby as a human shield during a police standoff, authorities said.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 27-year-old Brandon Douglas Leohner for the Sept. 27 incident, the department said in a statement. Mr Leohnor is said to have led police in a chase that ended in a McDonald’s parking lot near 100 State Road after he was reported to have kidnapped his girlfriend’s child.
Disturbing bodycam footage of officers shows Mr. Leohner holding the baby, who wears nothing but diapers, when confronted by officers. Mr Leohner was handed a taser after refusing to give the baby to authorities and eventually fell to the ground with the child in his arms.
The baby was rescued by an officer who comforted him as he shouted “Daddy” and pointed to Mr. Leohner.
He has been charged with kidnapping, using a minor as a shield, resisting by force, neglecting children, fleeing and dodging and reckless driving
According to authorities, Mr Leohner drove off with the child and was armed after leaving his girlfriend’s home.
Officers found him shortly afterwards as he continued to drive recklessly despite several police attempts to make a traffic stop.
Mr. Leohner eventually pulled into a nearby McDonald’s parking lot and got out of the vehicle at the drive-thru with the child in his arms, “using the child as a human shield and refusing to follow police orders to put the child down.” to put”.
After being brought to the floor by police and the child rescued, Mr Leohner reportedly tried to flee and continued to resist officers until a K-9 and a taser could get him under control. He was then handcuffed and paramedics were called in to treat his wounds from K-9 units.
“Our officers did everything they could to quickly save this child from a madman and arrest the suspect. Fortunately, the child was not injured and was quickly reunited with his mother,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said.
“Here’s a case of a domestic situation that turns violent, endangering a one-year-old child and innocent drivers.”
Mr. Leohner was incarcerated at Sheriff Perry Hall.