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Man throws knife at Butte Co. Deputy, narrowly missing him

The deputies were able to arrest the man and say he later admitted to them that he was attempting to hit them when he threw the knife.

Posted: May 22, 2020 3:51 PM

CHICO, Calif. - One Butte County Deputy narrowly missed a knife being thrown at him while trying to talk down a Chico man from harming himself, according to officials.

It happened on May 21 in north Chico where officials say a man was said to be having a mental health episode, acting erratically and cutting himself with a knife. At one point, officials shared, the man attempted to stab a dog in the home.

When Deputies Rubinoff and Botts arrived on scene, they found the man with the knife. Though they tried to calm the situation, officials say the man did not comply.

Deputy Rubinoff drew his taser and asked the man to drop the knife but he did not and instead, started walking toward the officers. Then, officials say the Deputy deployed the taser, hitting the man in his leg.

After being hit by the taser, the man threw the knife at Deputy Rubinoff, narrowly missing him.

The deputies were able to arrest the man and say he later admitted to them that he was attempting to hit them when he threw the knife.

He was booked into the Butte County Jail for obstructing or resisting a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and felony animal cruelty. Officials say he is also scheduled to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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