A Florida man held up his own child to use as a human shield against police.
On April 15, a showdown between authorities and Darnal Munday took place, with Munday in a car with his young son in northern Miami-Dade County.
“When we got there there was very heavy rain. The little boy’s mother had come outside from the apartment building. She had told us that her son’s father wouldn’t exit the vehicle, was refusing to exit the vehicle,” says Miami-Dade Officer Joseph Cruz.
The officer told Munday to get out of the vehicle with his 3-year-old son.
“He leaned over to his left, and I saw the handle of a revolver sticking out of his pocket. He reached down, grabbed the revolver and kept his hand on it, and I pulled out my gun immediately and I yelled, 'Gun!'" says Cruz.
That’s when Munday grabbed his child and pulled him in front of his body, as a shield, reports WSVN.
"I was left out in the open. He didn't know I wasn't going to shoot him because the child was in the line of fire," Cruz says. “Here you have a Miami-Dade Police officer, who is a father himself of a 1-year-old little girl, who was facing a suspect with a gun and using a child as a human shield.”
Adding, “I just reacted. I ran around the other side of the vehicle. The door was open. I was able to Tase the father. After we had taken him into custody, I was made aware by another officer that this was the same child.”
Even more disturbing, the 3-year-old had already survived a bullet to the face. Police say the little boy was looking for an iPad in his home, but found a gun in his dad’s dresser instead and accidentally shot himself.
"I felt bad because the child was screaming through the whole event. It was traumatic to go through what he had already gone through before getting shot in the face. And then having to go through this again, being used as basically a shield. The kid looked terrified."
Munday was arrested on child abuse charges, and the boy’s mother declined to comment on the incident.
"It's overwhelming. At the end, when all is said and done, you realize how tunnel vision exists. Everything just narrows down to just, 'I gotta get that gun away from this guy.' It was pretty scary,” says Cruz.
In April 2015, 20-year-old Brandon Novas of West Palm Beach, Florida, used an infant as a shield while fleeing from authorities, according to the Palm Beach Post. Fortunately, the child was unharmed.