Los Angeles sheriff's deputies shooting at dog kill teen

Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shoots Person in Palmdale, LASD Says

Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shoots Person in Palmdale, LASD Says

After being struck by bullets, the dog retreated, and officers following to be sure that it was contained and unable to attack again.

"It is what we're calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident at this time", he said.

"Our initial impression was [the deputies] didn't even see the individual coming around from the side of the building", he said during a press conference near the location where the shooting occurred in the city's Palmdale neighbourhood.

A 17-year old boy trying to help keep an aggressive dog from biting a group of Sheriff Deputies in California, is mistakenly killed by deputies.

Deputies shot and wounded the dog when it was about 10 feet (3 meters) away, then chased it as it tried to run back behind the building, officials said.

The deputy whom the dog had bitten was also hit a stray bullet. The boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Five deputies were present at the time of the shooting but only two fired, discharging six to eight rounds, Bergner said.

"He was a very loving person,"Alcantar told the Los Angeles Times". Bergner told the Times any time a deputy fires their service weapon, they are put on temporary desk duty during the subsequent investigation. Deputies followed and found Garcia on the ground.

Garcia-Muro's mother, Roberta Alcantar, told the Times her son was the eldest of four siblings, loved dogs and wanted to go into the construction business. As the deputies walked up the driveway, a 60- to 65-pound pit bull "aggressively charged at the deputies and attacked one of them", biting the deputy on the knee, the sheriff's department said.

The dog was shot but survived and was placed in the custody of animal control officers.

The owner of the dog lives in the apartment complex. "At that point, two deputies engaged the dog in gunfire ..."

"He had started out bad but he wanted to change his life around", she said, explaining how Armando struggled inside and out of school because "he didn't come from a great family and didn't have a role model to look up to". That's not his personality, ' she said.

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