WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — A family is safe after a Palm Beach County deputy shot and killed a man who held his wife at knifepoint. The man warned his wife that is she called the cops, he’d “chop her into pieces”.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said 49-year-old Daniel Lee Rhodes punched his wife during the very violent confrontation Friday night.

Deputies have been to the residence several times over the years on domestic calls.

On Friday night, the woman’s daughter called 911. A deputy arrived in less than a minute and met Rhodes in the garage. The sheriff said the deputy told Rhodes to drop the weapon but Rhodes charged him with a knife.

The deputy then fatally shot Rhodes.

Bradshaw said the deputy saved the family’s life. The deputy’s name has not been released.

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