Man tried for using toddler as a shield during an arrest


The trial of a man accused of using a child as a shield while fighting off Waco police officers has begun, with the jury hearing the first prosecution testimony Tuesday morning.

The indictment of Juan Lucas Gonzalez alleges he used the toddler as a shield when officers responded to a call for help from Gonzalez’ wife who said he was breaking into her house and trying to take the children away.

The two had argued the day before with Gonzalez accusing her of cheating on him.

Court papers say he forced the door of the home on North 43rd street open and grabbed a four month old child, placing him in a car seat and putting him in a van.

He came back and grabbed a two year old and one year old and tried to leave but found his wife blocking the door.

About that time police arrived and she got the one year old child free.

An arrest affidavit says he refused commands to release the child, continuing to hold him even as officers warned him they would use the Taser on him.

Officers were finally able to get the child free and Gonzalez was taken into custody after the Taser was used.

One officer was knocked down and received minor injuries during the incident.

When arrested, Gonzalez was also charged with assault against a public servant but he is not facing that charge in this trial..

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