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Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Authorities: Ricocheted bullet meant for dog killed teen boy

Authorities: Ricocheted bullet meant for dog killed teen boy

Garcia-Muro was hit in the chest by at least one round about 3:40 am Thursday in Palmdale. Deputies opened fire on the dog, and one of the bullets may have ricochet off the pavement and struck the boy.

"Our initial impression was [the deputies] didn't even see the individual coming around from the side of the building", he said during a press conference near the location where the shooting occurred in the city's Palmdale neighbourhood.

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.

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

At that time, a "male Hispanic juvenile" emerged from behind the apartment, restrained the dog and took him back to the rear of the complex. As deputies regrouped, they came across the teenager who was down with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

The deputy who was bitten was also struck by bullet fragments. He was taken to the hospital. Sheriff's officials said the dog had to be euthanized because of its condition.

Garcia-Muro was an animal lover who wanted to pursue a career in construction, his mother Roberta Alcantar told the Times. Six to eights shots were fired, Bergner said.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a person in Palmdale early Thursday, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

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

'They are good kids. Because this was a fatal deputy-involved shooting, separate investigations will be conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner - Coroner, Sheriff's Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau, the sheriff's office said.

"Two deputies engaged the dog in gunfire focused on the dog itself".

Nick Perez, a friend of the victim, told ABC 7 that Garcia-Muro was "trying to stop the dog from attacking the cops". He was about to enter his senior year of high school.

"He would give his life for anybody", Alcantar said.

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