Deputy Seriously Injured While Rescuing Children From Suicidal Father

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On December 5, at about 11:15 PM, police were called to the 3500 block of Orbit Circle where a 3rd party custodian reported that Amos Charles Lane, 51, was in violation of his conditions of release and was intoxicated. Officer Ian Fletcher responded and found Lane walking in the area of Nova Circle and Cosmos Drive. Officer Fletcher got out of his patrol vehicle and made contact with Lane. Officer Fletcher escorted Lane back to his patrol vehicle to interview him; while attempting to get Lane into the back seat, Officer Fletcher was punched multiple times in the face by Lane. Lane then fled the scene on foot toward the airport. Multiple officers from APD and the Airport responded and located Lane on airport property just southwest of Orbit Drive. He was taken into custody shortly after midnight and charged with Assault 2, Resisting, and Violation of Conditions of Release. He was taken to the Anchorage Jail with bail set at $7500 plus 3rd party custodian Officer Fletcher was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a fracture to his left orbital bone. Officer Fletcher was released early this morning.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — During the early morning hours of Thursday, January 21st, 2016, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station received a frantic 9-1-1 call from a female who reported she was assaulted by her husband at their residence in the 26700 block of Isabella Parkway in Canyon Country.  She indicated that her husband was emotionally disturbed and had barricaded himself in the bedroom along with their two young children, ages 3 and 5.

When responding deputies arrived on scene, the mother informed them that the father had armed himself with a knife, had blocked the bedroom door with a dresser and had the two small children with him.  Deputies established communications with the father and were able to persuade him to open the door a crack.  During their conversation, the distraught father reportedly told deputies that “he wanted to die tonight.”

As deputies continued to speak with the distraught man and try to help him, he dropped the knife, but still refused to open the door.  Seizing their opportunity to rescue the two small children, the deputies quickly formulated a plan to gain entry into the bedroom.

To distract the father, a deputy outside of the home forcibly broke a bedroom window while deputies inside the home simultaneously pushed the bedroom door open.  As soon as the deputies made entry into the bedroom, the agitated man immediately charged at them and attacked.  A violent struggle ensued wherein a deputy assigned to Santa Clarita station was assaulted  by the man and aggressively thrust into the wall, causing significant head trauma and injuries to his upper torso.  Additional deputies at the scene were subsequently able to restrain the man after a brief struggle and take him into custody.  The children were rescued and were not injured.

The injured deputy was transported to an area hospital where he is undergoing treatment and is listed in serious condition.  The suspect was also transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained during the altercation with deputies.  He was subsequently cleared for booking.  The suspect is being held on Domestic Violence related charges, Assault on a Peace Officer, Cruelty to Children, and Dissuading a Victim.  He is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in lieu $50,000 bail.