YPD says man used baby as shield

Staff report


A Carroll Street man is in the Mahoning County jail on child-endangering charges after police said he used an infant Thursday as a shield after officers tried to arrest him at gunpoint.

Shawn Woodall, 21, is charged with obstructing official business and had warrants on traffic charges from municipal court and a drug trafficking warrant from Columbiana County.

Police were called at 11 a.m. to Woodall’s South Side home. His girlfriend told officers they argued, and he refused to let her back in the house or return her cellphone.

Officers forced their way inside the home. Reports said he came down the stairs holding his baby in front of him. An officer grabbed the baby, and other officers were able to arrest Woodall.