9-year-old boy armed with kitchen knives pepper-sprayed, detained
Last Updated: 54 days ago
ROSAMOND, Calif. - In the early morning hours of Tuesday, two Deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rosamond substation responded to a call of a “911” hang-up in the 3300 block of Rosegold Avenue, in Rosamond.
Deputies said they spoke with a man who said his 9-year-old son was having a mental episode and was armed with kitchen knives.
The man escorted the deputies into the home.
They were confronted in the living room of the home by the boy who was armed with two large kitchen knives.
The boy was waving the knives and threatening to stab his mother, who was also in the living room, deputies said.
Deputies said the juvenile lunged with the knives in a threatening manner toward his mother but then turned and ran at one of the deputies who was yelling for the juvenile to stop.
The deputy stepped back behind a couch sectional as the juvenile ran at him, deputies said.
The juvenile jumped up on top of the couch and stopped with the knives raised.
Deputies said the juvenile retreated back onto another section of the couch.
The boy then continued to make threats to stab the deputies and made a statement that it was “time to die,” deputies said.
The deputies said they slowly advanced on the juvenile and sprayed a burst of pepper spray onto his face and eyes, deputies said.
The juvenile tried covering his face and head using his hands and the knives to block the pepper spray stream, deputies said.
Shortly after the pepper stream hit the juvenile’s face, he dropped the knives and went to the ground as the pepper spray took effect, deputies said.
The deputies were able to take the juvenile into custody without further incident. The juvenile was taken to a medical facility in Bakersfield where a 72 hour mental evaluation hold was placed on him.
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