MORENO VALLEY (CBS) —  A deputy shot and wounded a man who was holding a knife to a baby’s throat in Moreno Valley, a sheriff’s department spokesman said Sunday.

The baby was apparently injured, but deputies initially did not say if it was from the shooting or a violent act by the man.

Deputies were summoned on a domestic dispute call shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday to a residence in the 22000 block of Ella Avenue.

A woman told police her boyfriend was holding a knife at her child’s throat, and that she feared he would harm the baby, said sheriff’s Deputy Robert Martinez.

An arriving deputy repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife, but he refused, Martinez said.

“Fearing for the child’s life, an officer fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect,” he said.

Other deputies rescued the baby, who was taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Sheriff’s officials did not release information about the baby’s condition.

The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening, Martinez said. His name was not released.

The deputy involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy. The investigation was ongoing.

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