Teenage boy, dog fatally shot after animal attacks deputy, authorities say

Caroline Beck
Июня 23, 2017

The dog was shot three or four times, L.A. County animal control confirmed.

The boy, Armando Garcia, 17, apparently tried to jump on the dog to prevent the aggressive dog from attacking police.

In what officials an "extremely unfortunate incident", a teenager was shot and killed in Palmdale by sheriff's deputies who had opened fire on a pitbull that was charging at them a second time early Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

At some point, the victim came outside to check on the dog, which had bitten a deputy on the leg, LASD said.

The man was struck by gunfire and died at a hospital, according to the sheriff's department.

According to an internal sheriff's memo, the deputies shot at the pitbull "while the pet owner simultaneously tried to jump onto the dog to stop it from attacking deputy personnel".

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The deputies had been called to the Palmdale complex at about 3:45 a.m. with complaints of a loud party. The dog will likely be euthanized, according to the sheriff's department.

The deputy that was bitten by the dog was also struck by a ricocheting bullet.

A spokesperson with the sheriff's department could not immediately describe the nature of the call to which the deputy had been responding or what had led to the shooting.

The dog retreated to the rear of the complex, where deputies found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The sheriff's office said "detectives believe when the juvenile came out from behind the building, which was approximately 40 feet away from where the shooting occurred with the dog, the juvenile may have been struck by one of the skip rounds".

She said her nephew lost his life trying to save a friend's dog.

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