Police: Father wearing '#1 DAD' shirt used daughter as human shield to avoid arrest
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said a man who used his daughter as a human shield is still on the loose, but his children were returned unharmed.
Deputies said Jonathan Morrow entered the sheriff's department in Painstville Wednesday afternoon to file a protective order against his wife. Deputies said they discovered Morrow was wanted out of Tennessee on drug trafficking charges. Deputies said when they attempted to arrest Morrow, he fled while shielding himself with his daughter to avoid being struck by a stun gun. Morrow hit a state police cruiser with his vehicle as he fled, deputies said.
Deputies said Morrow, with his daughter in tow, picked up a second child and fled to Tennessee. The children were returned to their guardian and were unharmed, but deputies continue to search for Morrow.
Authorities in Tennessee have been alerted and Morrow is expected to face additional charges in Ky. Kentucky State Police have charged Morrow with leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief and wanton endangerment of a police officer. The Johnson Sheriff's Department charged him with fleeing and evading police in a vehicle, endangering the welfare of a minor, wanton endangerment of a police officer and resisting arrest.
Thursday, Jonathan Morrow was still on the run with his daughter.
Deputies say Morrow walked into the Johnson County Sheriff's Department trying to file a protective order against his wife.
In the process, Deputy Danny Martin found Morrow was wanted out of Tennessee for drug trafficking. Martin tried to get the girl away from Morrow, but when he pulled his stun gun Morrow pulled his daughter close to him.
People in Paintsville like Rick Roberts said they couldn't believe a man wearing a "#1 DAD" T-shirt could do that to his daughter.
"We only see that in places like the Middle East: ISIS, and people of that nature. It's not kosher to me," Roberts said.
Morrow was able to escape, hitting a Kentucky State Police cruiser in the process. Deputies say he escaped in a mint green Ford hatchback with Kentucky plates "570-VLB."
Deputies are asking for anyone with information to call immediately.