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Suspect in domestic violence call uses baby as shield, police say

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 28, 2020

Spokane police say a domestic-violence suspect used his baby as a shield while resisting arrest Friday night.

“This was a very tense and stressful situation for the officers,” Cpl. Ron Van Tassel said in a Spokane Police Department news release. “Officers have many strategies and less lethal options to take a combative subject into custody. However, many of those plans change when a baby comes into the scenario.”

Officers responded to the lower South Hill for a domestic violence call Friday night. After investigating, they determined there was probable cause to arrest Adrian Kennedy, 24, for assaulting the mother of his child, the release said.

Officers told Kennedy, who had on his lap a baby under the age of one , to hand the child over and put his hands behind his back, the release said.

Kennedy became upset, refused to release the baby and “held on tighter,” according to the release. He said he was not going to jail and was not going to let the child go. He then told officers they would need to use a stun gun to arrest him. He also said if officers tried to take the child from him, he was going to assault the officers, the release said.

When more officers arrived, they quickly grabbed onto Kennedy, “who did not give up,” the release said.

He kept a “tight grip” on the baby and refused to cooperate, the release said. Officers had to pry his hands off the child and force him into handcuffs. Another officer’s sole responsibility was to grab the child and hand him to his mother, the release said.

The child was uninjured.

Kennedy was booked into jail on suspicion of domestic violence assault and reckless endangerment for risking the child’s safety, the release said.

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