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Deputies firing on charging dog hit, kill teen boy

Deputies firing on charging dog hit, kill teen boy

Deputies opened fire on the dog, and one of the bullets may have ricochet off the pavement and struck the boy.

Deputies at the scene said they initially responded to a report of loud music at a party. Deputies said a pit bull charged at them when they arrived at the location.

She said that her home was used as a local hangout by some of the kids in the area and her dog was a 3-year-old blue-nosed pit bull. When deputies moved closer they noticed the teen on the ground, wounded after being struck in the chest from a round that skipped off the ground.

Deputies, then paramedics treated him, before Garcia-Muno was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he died.

At a news conference, Capt. Christopher Bergner told reporters five deputies were present at the time of the shooting but only two discharged their weapons, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The sheriff's office is calling the shooting of Garcia, an "extremely unfortunate accident".

The teenager was reportedly trying to prevent his aggressive pitbull from attacking an officer of the law and ended up getting struck by a bullet which was originally fired at the approaching dog to stop it from attacking the officer.

The Los Angeles Times, citing an internal sheriff's memo, reported the dog was shot but survived. Soon after the shooting, authorities found Garcia-Muro suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest near the back of the complex.

Garcia-Muro appeared, corralled the dog and took it to the back of the apartment complex as the deputies moved to the street to focus on the injured officer.

Cpt Bergner said the dog was an adult male pit bull, weighing approximately 65lb (29kg), and was 5-7ft away from deputies when they opened fire.

The owner of the dog lives int he apartment complex where the shooting occured. The pit bull will be euthanized, authorities said. "At that point, two deputies engaged the dog in gunfire ..." He would have been a senior at R. Rex Parris High School in Palmdale this fall.

She said her nephew lost his life trying to save a friend's dog. "He was a very loving person".


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