07/23/2012

Man holding knife to baby's throat shot by deputy

Assisting officers rescued the child and rendered aid for serious injuries

By Richard Brooks
The Press Enterprise

A deputy shot and wounded a domestic violence suspect who was holding a knife to a baby's throat, sheriff's officials say.

Deputies were summoned at 10:57 p.m. Saturday, July 21, to Ella Avenue by a woman who reported that her boyfriend was holding a knife at her child's throat and she feared he would harm the baby, Deputy Robert Martinez said in a written statement.

"An officer repeatedly ordered the suspect to drop the knife, but he did not comply," according to the statement. "Fearing for the child's life, an officer fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect.

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