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Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening His Family With Knife

A man who threatened his family with a knife Tuesday afternoon was arrested with the help of a less-than-lethal projectile, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said.

At about 4:35 p.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a call from the man's father who said his son had tried to stab his mother, had taken illegal drugs and was seeing and hearing things, according to the sheriff's office.

Dispatchers were told by his father that 22-year-old Omar Saldana Campos was "losing his mind," sheriff's officials said in a news release.

When deputies arrived at the home in the 700 block of Casa Grande Road, Campos was in the driveway holding a broom and was uncooperative, according to sheriff's officials.

Campos allegedly dropped the broom and, while deputies were trying to calm him down, took out a 3-inch-long folding knife and held it to his own neck.

Campos, who became more agitated, began screaming vulgarities and walking toward deputies with the knife to his neck, sheriff's officials said.

At that point, a deputy fired a .40-caliber foam-tipped projectile into Campos' stomach, which "dropped him into a seated position," sheriff's officials said.

Campos then dropped the knife and deputies were able to detain him. He was taken to a hospital and then to jail, where he was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and resisting arrest.

He's being held on a $30,000 bond, according to sheriff's officials.

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