Infant Used As Shield: Why Did Raleigh Reynolds Use His 7-Month-Old Son In Police Standoff?
An infant was used as a shield after burglary suspect Raleigh Reynolds held up his own seven-month-old son between himself and deputies during a face-off in Estacada, Ore. on Saturday afternoon, according to reports.
Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in the 400 block of Clackamas Way in Estacada when they spotted Reynolds, approached him and attempted to arrest him. Reynolds then allegedly ran and jumped a fence before entering the house next door, inside which he barricaded himself.
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As deputies surrounded the home, a woman came out of the house Reynolds barricaded himself in and told police that she was the suspect's sister. Nonetheless, police continued to surround the home as Reynolds tried to escape several times but kept going back inside.
Eventually, Reynolds came out of the house and used his infant son as a shield, positioning the child between himself and the armed deputies. As Reynolds did so, police said he refused to comply with commands and they believed he may have been armed.
"He was just standing there, telling us he didn't want to leave the baby in the house, despite the situation," Deputy Daniel Moyer told KATU.
Deputies ultimately negotiated with Reynolds until he finally released the infant used as a shield and was taken into custody. Reynolds was found not to have been armed at that point.
The infant wasn't hurt during the incident and was released to family members at the scene.
Reynolds was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of burglary, obstructing governmental administration, endangering the welfare of a minor and resisting arrest.
He is expected to face a judge to hear the charges on Monday.
"He's a sweet, loving young man who's made some bad choices in life," said Reynolds' mother Karen Founds. "That doesn't make him a bad person."
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