A teenager was fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies when he was trying to stop an aggressive dog from attacking the officers on Thursday, authorities said.
The station reports that according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the teen, who was identified by family as Armando Garcia, was likely struck by a bullet that ricocheted off the driveway.
Deputies initially responded to the residence after receiving a complaint about a party. As deputies approached the home a pit bull charged at them and bit one of them in the left knee, authorities said.
Deputies shot and wounded the dog when it was about 10 feet away, then chased it as it tried to run back behind the building, officials said. A 17-year-old male teenager came out to restrain the dog and took him to the rear of the complex.More news: EU leaders to weigh terrorism, defense ties, migration
The shooting prompted the animal to retreat, and deputies regrouped as they tried to formulate a plan to capture the dog, so that no one else would be victimized by the animal, the captain said.
The deputy that had been bitten was also hit by a fragment that had struck the ground but had only minor injuries, officials said. "At that point, two deputies engaged the dog in gunfire".
The boy was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, where he was pronounced dead.
"And it is what we're calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident", LASD Capt. Chris Bergner said at a Thursday morning news conference.More news: Obamacare replacement bill to take center stage in US Senate
"Obviously something was wrong", Alcantar said.
The dog was shot but survived and was placed in the custody of animal control officers.
Multiple investigations will be launched as a result of the shooting, including probes by the sheriff's department's homicide and internal affairs bureaus, the coroner's office and the district attorney's office.More news: ALERT: Britax Issues Massive Car Seat Chest Clip Recall
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