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Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect Who Stabbed Woman, Teen And Police Dog

January 16, 2019 - 10:12 am
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Authorities say a stabbing suspect who was shot by a Fairfield  police officer on Monday has died of his injuries.

Nathaniel Holland, 37,  was accused of stabbing a woman and her teenage daughter and then setting their house on fire in Vacaville.

Holland was hiding in a creek bed when officers found him on Monday night. He was shot after officials say that he stabbed a dog.

The 41-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter suffered multiple, non-life threatening stab wounds. The dog is receiving treatment at the UC-Davis Veterinary Hospital and is expected to survive. 

The altercation began when Holland got into an argument with the woman, police said. Authorities believe that he and the woman are the parents of several children. 

At some point, the argument escalated with Holland stabbing the woman and her daughter who tried to intervene, police said. 

Holland set the home on fire, forcing firefighter to rescue a four-year-old boy who was trapped inside. He's being treated at the burn unit of a Sacramento hospital. 

An officer from the Fairfield police department, which was assisting the Vacaville department look for Holland, shot him. Police said that Holland was holding a knife at the time. 

The Solano County district attorney’s office and the Fairfield and Vacaville police departments are investigating the shooting. The officer who opened fire has been placed on administrative leave.