Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Monday that a deputy “absolutely” saved an 11-year-old boy Sunday night when he shot and killed a 17-year-old holding his sibling hostage.
The shooting took place in Woodville, an unincorporated community southeast of Tulare. Both the suspect and the victim are juveniles, and the sheriff’s office isn’t identifying either boy.
According to a sheriff’s posting on Facebook, deputies arrived at a home around 8 p.m. on a report that the 17-year-old had been using drugs all day and had threatened to kill himself. He was holding a knife.
After deputies arrived, the boy took the 11-year-old hostage, and he was shot by the deputy.
“I immediately responded last night to the scene and spoke with the officer who was being treated by medical responders. (Information about the deputy’s condition was not released.)
“I have also viewed the body camera video. This officer absolutely saved the life of the 11-year-old boy who was being held at knifepoint by his own brother.
“This was a life-threatening and quickly collapsing situation that the officer did not create. The violent suspect in this situation forced the officer to take action, which no doubt saved the life of the victim.
“My heart is devastated for the family who is having to live out this absolute nightmare, as well as our deputy who will certainly carry the events of last night with him for the rest f his life.”
The sheriff’s office said the Porterville Police Department will investigate the shooting.