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Apple Valley man accused of holding 2-year-old as ‘human shield’ as police officer draws gun on him

Nick Ferraro, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. –

An Apple Valley man is accused of using a 2-year-old girl as a “human shield” when police drew a gun on him during a recent domestic assault investigation.

Timothy Lee Myers, 52, has been charged in Dakota County District Court with gross misdemeanor child endangerment, as well as domestic assault and obstructing legal process, in connection with the Sept. 22 incident.

Police responded to a house about 1:45 a.m. after dispatch reported a call with yelling in the background and the caller saying it was “getting pretty bad,” according to a criminal complaint.

Officers forced their way into the house because of “ongoing concerns that someone inside had been assaulted and may be in danger,” the complaint said.

Once confronted, Myers yelled at an officer and ignored demands to put his hands on his head. The officer pointed the gun at Myers, who had one of his hands behind his back and refused to raise them, the complaint said.

Myers then picked up the girl and put her in front of him “like a human shield,” the complaint said.

When another officer entered the room, the other officer grabbed the child. The complaint did not say what Myers’ relationship is to the child.

Myers physically resisted officers’ attempts to place him in custody, the charges said.

Two people who were in the house told police that Myers and a female resident had been fighting. One said she heard the victim making noises like she was being choked, the complaint said.

The victim,

identified in the complaint as “M.D.M.,” told an officer she did not want to give a statement out of fear that she would be evicted.

“However, the investigating officer said M.D.M. shook her head in the affirmative when he asked her if Myers choked and hit her,” the complaint said.

Meyers was released from jail the same day after posting $5,000 bail, which included conditions that he have no contact with the victims and avoid using alcohol and drugs.

Myers, who could not be reached for comment on Monday, Oct. 1, is on probation because of a June drunken-driving conviction.

Court records show he also has been convicted of domestic assault, obstructing legal process (interfering with a peace officer) and disorderly conduct.

His next court appearance for the latest charges is scheduled for Oct. 23.

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