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The Stabbing, Kidnapping, Biting, Carjacking, Shotgun Pulling, Cliff Jumping, Patrol Car Stealing & Patrol Car Burning Incident

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According to an LASD newsroom release, "A 30-year old Chatsworth man is in custody in Santa Clarita after stabbing his mother multiple times; carjacking a car from a second woman, assaulting her and kidnapping her 4-year old son, then crashing the carjacked car; stealing a deputy’s car when he rushed to rescue the child; driving off a 100’ embankment and crashing and burning the deputy’s radio car; then trying to pull the shotgun from the burning patrol car; and fighting with and biting deputies who arrested him."

The violencefest began at about 5:50 p.m. on Friday night when suspect Aaron Clay Tanner of Chatsworth stabbed his mother and pushed her out of a car near Mission Hills by the Antelope Valley and 5 freeway interchange.

Tanner exited in Newhall, allegedly crashing into a vehicle in the off-ramp Park and Ride lot. Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station received their first call about a hit and run, however deputies responding to the scene found a woman claiming she was assaulted and her PT Cruiser carjacked with her 4-year old son inside as well as hit and run.

The stolen car was located approximately four miles away, crashed into another vehicle, and backed into a tree. While a deputy rushed to render aid to the abducted child whom he correctly believed was still inside the otherwise abandoned vehicle, the suspect stole the officer's patrol car.

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Using his portable radio, the deputy broadcasted the suspect’s last seen coordinates to a nearby Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter that pursued the suspect down to the end of the cul-da-sac where he crashed into a four foot high wall, went over an embankment, toppled down a 100 foot drop, rolled over several times, and caught on fire.

The suspect then reached for a shotgun in the wreckage of the demolished car and deputies engaged in a physical struggle, including use of a Taser, in order to subdue Tanner before he was able to arm himself.

Injury status: The kidnapped child received minor injuries including a scratch under his eye and his carjacked mother is being treated in a local hospital for injuries to her face. Despite being stabbed multiple times in the upper body, preliminary reports indicate that the suspect's mother did not sustain life-threatening injuries. Several deputies are being treated for a variety of injuries including bites on the legs and hands while handcuffing the suspect.

The suspect is in serious condition in a local hospital, "due to the multiple traffic collisions and acts of violence," and will be booked for Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Carjacking, Attempted Carjacking, Auto Theft, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Evading Arrest, and felony Hit and Run (with injuries). His bail amount will likely be approximately $500,000.00 according to the police statement.