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Los Angeles Sheriff seriously injured while rescuing children.


A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy was seriously injured while rescuing children from an apparently suicidal father in Canyon Country early Thursday, authorities said.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station received a frantic 9-1-1 call from a female who said she was assaulted by her husband at their home in the 26700 block of Isabella Parkway. She said her "emotionally disturbed" husband had barricaded himself in the bedroom along with their two young children.

When deputies arrived on scene, the mother informed them that the father had armed himself with a knife, blocked the bedroom door with a dresser and had the children with him. Deputies were able to persuade the father to open the door a crack. He reportedly told deputies he "wanted to die tonight."

As the deputies spoke to the man, he dropped the knife but still refused to open the door. In a plan to get inside, a deputy outside the home broke a bedroom window while deputies charged through the bedroom. "The agitated man immediately charged at them and attacked," officials said. "A violent struggle ensued wherein a deputy assigned to Santa Clarita station was assaulted by the man and aggressively thrust into the wall, causing significant head trauma and injuries to his upper torso."

Other deputies at the scene restrained the man and took him into custody following a brief struggle, officials said. The children were not injured and were "rescued."

The injured deputy was taken to an area hospital where he is undergoing treatment. He was listed in serious condition. The suspect was also taken to local hospital with minor injuries. The suspect, whose name was not released, is being held on domestic violence related charges, assault on a peace officer, cruelty to children and dissuading a victim. He is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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