Sheriff's deputy stabbed in Santa Clarita; suspect in custody

A sheriff's detective was stabbed Monday at a fast-food restaurant in Canyon Country, and a suspect was taken into custody following a roughly two-hour manhunt.

The detective, a 26-year veteran of the department whose name was withheld, was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital following the roughly 10 a.m. attack. The deputy is expected to survive.

Sheriff's officials said the detective was going into a Jack in the Box restaurant at 18955 Soledad Canyon Road when he was approached by a man who asked if he was a law-enforcement officer. When the detective said yes, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the detective in the chest, officials said.

The detective was not seriously injured and was able to walk to his unmarked vehicle and radio for help.

The suspect fled the area and a swarm of deputies flooded the area, surrounding a home in the area of Nearbrook Street and Altamere Avenue.

Shortly after noon, a suspect identified as 21-year-old Donald Chinchilla was taken into custody with the help of a canine officer in the backyard of the home. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the encounter with the dog.

Sheriff's officials said they have had contact with the suspect in the past, as recently as Saturday, although details have not been released.

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