Police: Suspect used toddler as shield to keep officers at bay
PORTLAND, Tenn. – The father of an 18-month-old boy was arrested last week in Sumner County after authorities said he used the boy as a shield to prevent Portland police from arresting him.
Last Wednesday, police responded to a home on Highway 52E to find Aaron Key, 33, in an intoxicated state and behaving aggressively towards officers, according to affidavits filed in Sumner County, as reported by the Gallatin News Examiner.
Prior to officers' arrival, the paper reported Key snatched a purse from a woman at the residence and threatened to set it on fire.
His actions caused the woman to fall with the toddler.
When officers arrived, they ordered Key to the ground several times. Instead, he grabbed the boy and used him as a shield against the officers.
After taking the child from Key's possession, police reported Key began to swing at officers with his fists.
Police stunned Key three times with a Taser to subdue him.
Key is charged with one count of felony child abuse, one count of resisting arrest, one count of domestic assault and three counts of assault on police