A 26-year-old man allegedly stabbed his mother and brothers during a family brawl Friday afternoon in Laton.
And the situation could have been worse, if not for K-9s and Fresno County Sheriff's deputies who coincidentally were at a nearby school and helped break up the fight, Sheriff's Department spokesman Tony Botti said.
Suspect Edson Sandoval allegedly stabbed his mother in the stomach, and now faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and five counts of battery on a peace officer.
Law enforcement got involved when a woman ran up screaming for help toward three sheriff's deputies who were putting on a demonstration with their K-9s at Laton Elementary School around 2 p.m
Two other deputies who happened to be at the school for an unrelated incident then joined, and the five law enforcement officials followed the woman back to the 20000 block of South Bliss Avenue.
That's where a woman who had been stabbed, the mom of Edson Sandoval, ran outside of a house, Botti said.
After calling for aid for the mother, deputies went into the backyard where they found three brothers wrestling on the ground.
One allegedly held a knife, while the others tried to keep him down, Botti said.
One of the brothers had a stab wound and was taken out of the fight, Botti said.
But another brother, 30-year-old Carlos Sandoval, went from trying to hold down his brother Edson to allegedly fighting with deputies.
That's when a K-9 bit Carlos, who has an extensive criminal background. Deputies saw he had also been stabbed in the hand.
Edson Sandoval, the brother with the knife, then allegedly began fighting all five deputies at once, Botti said. He is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol because of his erratic behavior.
After several minutes, a K-9 bit Edson, which helped deputies arrest him.
The man's mother who ran out of the home with a stab wound was airlifted to the hospital, Botti said. She is expected to survive.
All three brothers were transported by ambulance.
Several deputies suffered minor injuries, but were not taken to the hospital. Botti said having five deputies on scene within minutes in Laton was great coincidence.
Laton Elementary School was on lockdown for a short time, Botti said.