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Man Who Held Own Children At Knifepoint Attacks Deputy, Sheriff's Officials Say

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An L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy was hurt this morning while rescuing two children who were allegedly barricaded inside their home by their knife-wielding father.The deputy, who has not been identified, responded with other sheriff's deputies to a home in the 26700 block of Isabella Parkway in Canyon Country this morning, according to The L.A. Times. A woman had called police and told them that her husband had assaulted her, then shut himself inside the home with his two young children, ages 3 and 5.

When officers arrived, they found that the man had barricaded himself and the children inside a bedroom by blocking the door with a dresser, sheriff's officials said. He reportedly told officers that he "wanted to die tonight," and while he eventually put aside his knife, refused to open the door. So, one deputy broke into the home via a bedroom window while the others forced entry through the bedroom door. The man allegedly charged the deputies, smashing one into a wall.

The man was detained by other deputies and taken to the hospital before being booked on suspicion of domestic violence, assault on a peace officer, cruelty to children and dissuading a victim. His bail has been set at $50,000, according to City News Service. The children were not hurt.

The deputy, who is assigned to the Santa Clarita station, was taken to the hospital and is reported to be in serious condition, with "significant head trauma and injuries to his upper torso."