Tulare Sheriff: ‘Officer absolutely saved the life of the 11-year-old boy’

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Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Monday that the officer who shot and killed a teen on Sunday night saved another boy’s life.

Around 8 p.m., Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a family disturbance on Road 168 and Avenue 166 in Woodville, about 65 miles south of Fresno.

Family members called 911 when a 17-year-old began acting irrational.

The family locked themselves in the restroom, but the teen was able arm himself with a knife and took an 11-year-old hostage.

Here’s Boudreaux’s full statement:

I immediately responded last night to the scene and spoke with the officer who was being treated by medical responders. 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 the 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 of his life

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