LATON — Two brothers from Laton have been arrested after Sheriff’s deputies said deputies were in the right place at the right time to stop a situation from escalating.
Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 26-year-old Edson Sandoval and his 30-year-old brother Carlos Sandoval. Officials said Edson Sandoval faces three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and five felony counts of battery on an officer, while Carlos Sandoval faces five felony counts of battery on an officer.
Around 2:30 p.m. Friday, deputies said a woman ran for help from a home on Bliss Avenue to nearby Laton Elementary School. There, she found a group of Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies who were participating in a K-9 handling demonstration for students, officials said.
Officials said the woman told deputies a fight was taking place at her home and one of the men had a knife. The three deputies, along with two other deputies who happened to be at the school conducting a follow-up investigation, responded to the home.
Deputies said they entered the backyard and found three brothers on the ground fighting. They worked to separate the men and one man who had a serious stab wound was quickly taken aside.
Deputies then tried to pull the other two apart; officials said Carlos Sandoval was unarmed and Edson Sandoval was holding a knife.
Authorities said Carlos Sandoval became combative and began fighting with deputies until K-9 officer “Ute” was deployed and bit Carlos Sandoval, allowing deputies to handcuff him.
Meanwhile, officials said Edson Sandoval moved in and attacked all five deputies. They fought until Ute was able to attack again and bite Edson Sandoval. This allowed deputies to handcuff him as well.
Deputies requested that several ambulances respond to the home after they found a woman, the mother of the Sandoval brothers, suffering from a serious stab wound to her stomach, officials said.
Authorities said the California Highway Patrol’s helicopter flew in, landed and transported the woman to Community Medical Center in Fresno. She was taken into surgery and is expected to survive.
Ambulances transported the three brothers to the hospital as well. Deputies said Edson Sandoval and Carlos Sandoval are being treated at the hospital for dog bite injuries and will later be booked into the Fresno County Jail on the assault and battery charges.
Officials said all of the deputies involved received minor injuries and were given necessary medical treatment.
“It was truly fortunate that these deputies happened to be at the school,” said a press release from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. “It put them in a position to respond faster than usual, which likely prevented anyone from dying during this incident.”
Anyone with additional information on the suspects in this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 498-7867. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.