LA County Cops Fire at Pit Bull, Kill Teenager


LA County Cops Fire at Pit Bull, Kill Teenager

"Obviously something was wrong", Alcantar said.

Police authorities are labeling this an extremely unfortunate episode. While trying to shoot a dog that had attacked an officer, deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office instead struck Garcia-Muro. Deputies opened fire on the dog, and one of the bullets struck the boy.

Armando later died at a local hospital.

Sheriff's officials did not release any further information on the incident.

His aunt says he was killed for a dog that wasn't even his. The dog bit one of the deputies on the knee.

At that time, a young man came out from behind an apartment complex and restrained the dog and took it to the back of the building, the sheriff's office said.

While the teen tried to corral the animal, the deputies retreated to request medical assistance and to call for back up.

She and the boy's mother went to two different hospitals looking for him, but could not find Garcia and returned home before learning he had died.

The dog would re-emerged while the deputies waited for paramedics causing them to open fire on the animal, striking it within close range.

Sheriff's officials said in a statement and at a news conference that they found evidence of several shots having ricocheted off the ground, and concluded that one of those most likely killed the teen.

The teen was apparently not seen by the police in the darkness and that's when the bullet ricocheted into his chest. He was taken to a hospital but later pronounced dead.

Two officers fired shots at the dog, which moments earlier had bitten one officer's knee.

The shooting occurred at approximately 3:47 the 38500 block of 10th Street East, according to the sheriff's department. In total, six to eight rounds were fired.

Robinson, whose daughter lives in the apartment complex near where the shooting happened, told KTLA she never witnessed the dog being aggressive.

"They are all my friends", the woman, who declined to give her name, told the LA Times.

'They are good kids.

Department and district attorney policies on shooting dogs do not encourage finding those answers.

She maintains that her dog was well behaved and that the deputies' description does not match the dogs personality.



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