OLATHE, Kan.—A three-year-old child was hit by a Taser after his father used him as a shield during his arrest, officials said on Tuesday.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department was serving a protection order for the child in the 800 block of Lindenwood in Olathe. The child's father, Jason P. Troxel, grabbed the child and ran from the home.
When deputies chased Troxel, he fell to the ground and a deputy used their Taser, hitting the child in the legs.
Deputies were able to take the child from Troxel and tackled him, using the Taser again.
"He actually used the child, and pushed our deputy, pushed passed him with the child in front of him," said Master Deputy Tom Erickson with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
The child was taken to the hospital and was treated for minor injuries and released to his mother's custody.
Troxel was arrested and booked into jail on a civil contempt warrant and additional charges of endangering a child, obstruction of justice and fleeing and eluding.