Man used baby as shield in police standoff

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   April 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM   |   Comments

April 22 (UPI) -- Police in Estacada, Oregon were responding to a report of a burglary when they spotted the suspect, later identified as Raleigh Reynolds. When they attempted to arrest him, Reynolds allegedly ran and jumped a fence before barricading himself in the house next door.

Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office surrounded the home, later saying they believed the suspect was armed at the time, reports KPTV.

A woman came out of the house and identified herself as the suspect's sister. Reynolds attempted to escape several times but retreated back inside.

He later emerged holding a baby, with the child positioned as a shield between himself and the deputies. Police say Reynolds refused to comply with commands and it was believed he could be armed.

Deputies negotiated with Reynolds until he released the baby and was taken into custody. The infant, revealed to be Reynolds' son, was not hurt during the incident, and was released to family members at the scene.

Reynolds was found to be unarmed, and was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on the burglary charge, obstructing governmental administration, endangering welfare of a minor and resisting arrest.

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