Teen accidentally shot by deputies fending off dog

Teen accidentally shot by deputies fending off dog

Authorities said the dog was hit by the gunfire but survived the shooting, the Times reported. Two deputies shot at the animal "while the pet owner simultaneously tried to jump onto the dog to stop it from attacking deputy personnel", a sheriff's statement said.

As Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were shooting at a pit bull that was charging at them, a 17-year-old boy was apparently struck in the chest by one of the bullets and died, the sheriff's office said. According to the Los Angeles Times, upon arrival, one of the deputies was attacked and bitten in the leg by a pitbull.

The boy was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Several TV news stations report deputies were responding to a loud party. "At that point, two deputies shot at the pit bull from a 5- to 7-feet distance, at which time, the pit bull retreated back to the rear of the apartment complex into the carport area".

"He may have been struck by one of the skip rounds in what we're calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident", Bergner said.

The sheriff's department said the investigation is ongoing.

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Authorities did not immediately say what prompted deputies to fire on the teen.

As they did so, the deputies came across the juvenile, who was down with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. As the deputy was waiting for medical treatment, the dog returned and charged at deputies, two of whom opened fire, the sheriff's department said.

Garcia was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital.

The incident occurred around 3:45 a.m. when Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene to investigate.

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

The animal was restrained, but then attacked the deputy again, according to KABC.

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