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Man jailed for using daughter as shield against cops

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Jail CellsSAN DIEGO — A man who tried to use his 3-year-old daughter as a human shield when San Diego police officers confronted him about allegations that he was abusing his wife was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail.

Michael Valadez, 37, was convicted last month of misdemeanor child endangerment and two counts of resisting an officer.

“Abusers of children will not be tolerated,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. “They will be held accountable to the fullest extent that the law allows.”

On April 27, two San Diego Police Department officers responded to a domestic violence call and were led into a house by the defendant’s 12-year-old daughter. The child told officers that her dad was hurting her mom.

According to authorities, Valadez walked out and told officers to “get the (expletive) out of here!”

Police said Valadez refused to comply with officers’ repeated commands to gain compliance and cooperation. The defendant took a fighting stance and one officer pulled his gun, the other his stun gun.

Valadez then reached into a bedroom and grabbed his 3-year-old daughter, telling officers, “Shoot me, shoot me (expletive)!”

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