Police: Wash. man uses baby as human shield while fighting cops

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A man suspected of assaulting his girlfriend used his 7-month-old baby as a human shield while attacking two officers attempting to arrest him Friday, according to the Olympia Police Department.

Officers were called to an Olympia apartment complex for reports of a man and woman fighting. When they arrived, they could hear a commotion in one of the units.

According to police, 24-year-old Shawn Friermood walked out of the apartment carrying a baby and yelling profanities at someone inside the apartment. The man initially ignored officers' commands to stop but finally agreed to sit down and talk to them.

An investigation showed Friermood reportedly attacked his girlfriend in the apartment before grabbing their baby and attempting to get away before officers arrived.

Officers told Friermood he was under arrest and to give the baby back to its mother. According to police, Friermood refused to cooperate, telling officers he was not going to jail and was not giving the baby back.

Friermood gripped the baby tighter and attempted to rush past officers, according to police. When officers tried to stop him, he reportedly started punching and kicking them with the hand that wasn't holding the baby.

According to police, officers were "extremely concerned" for the baby, who was being used as a human shield by Friermood.

Officers were finally able to grab Friermood and pry the baby away from him, at which point he was subdued and arrested.

Friermood was booked into Thurston County Jail for investigation of assault and reckless endangerment.