Investigation underway: man kidnaps his own child and holds him at knife point


Investigators are piecing together what led a man to kidnap his own child and hold him at knife point. 

That phone call led to an officer involved shooting.

The Hanford Police Department is now investigating. 

Monday morning the two officers who saved the child’s live are on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
The child has been reunited with his mother. 

This all started Saturday night when 35-year old Edgar Espinoza held his own child hostage inside a truck with a knife to his throat threatening to kill him.

Upon arrival one deputy broke the driver’s side window with his hand trying to pull the child away. 

Shots were fired, striking and killing Espinoza and the child was saved.

“I can’t be more proud of the deputies that were out there and the actions that they took immediately. They didn’t hesitate to break that window and jump into that truck window and try to get that child away from the suspect who was obviously trying to do harm to that child and I couldn’t be more proud of their actions and what they did,” said David Robinson with the Kings County Sheriff Office. 

The deputy who broke the window did suffer some cuts to his hand and was taken to the hospital but has since been released and so has the child.

Deputies are looking into why he wanted to kill his son but said the father was possibly having issues with the child’s mother before the kidnapping. 

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