Deputies Shooting At Dog Accidentally Kill Teen — LASD

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At some point, the victim came outside to check on the dog, which had bitten a deputy on the leg, LASD said. Deputies then called for a sergeant to check on the injured deputy.

The teen was struck by "skip" rounds-meaning a bullet that ricocheted off a hard surface-after the officers opened fire, Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau told the Los Angeles Times.

The incident occurred about 3:47 a.m. and the boy, identified by his aunt as Armando Garcia, died at 4:28 a local hospital. 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.

Animal control planned to euthanize the dog.

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 boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Captain Christopher Bergner said in a press conference that he believed the shot that hit the child was a product of " skip" rounds that ricocheted of the ground, originally meant to hit the dog.

Garcia was able to tie up the dog but it broke free and attacked again.

Bergner called the shooting an "extremely, extremely unfortunate incident". According to the Los Angeles Times, Bergner said in a press conference the deputy's injury also appeared to have been from a skip round that had ricocheted off the ground.

Authorities are investigating in Palmdale after a deputy opened fire, killing a suspect on June 22, 2017, according to the Sheriff's Department. "Therefore, Department members shall not use firearms to shoot animals fighting with other animals (e.g., dogs)", Nishida said.