Teen accidentally shot by deputies fending off dog

Armando Garcia         
                                     CBS Los Angeles

Armando Garcia CBS Los Angeles

A teenager shot to death by deputies was accidentally hit by a bullet as he tried to stop an aggressive dog from attacking the officers early Thursday, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say deputies have fatally shot a male suspect in Palmdale.

According to the Los Angeles Times, officers had been called to the report of a loud party around 3:40 a.m. At some point, Garcia came outside to check on the dog, which had bitten a deputy on the leg, LASD said.

The deputies went to the back of the complex "in an attempt to corral the dog to prevent additional victims", the sheriff's office said, and as they walked to the rear carport area, they found a teenager on the ground who appeared to have been shot in the chest, the sheriff's office said. The dog will likely be euthanized, according to the sheriff's department. Deputies then called for a sergeant to check on the injured deputy.

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

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. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The deputy that was bitten by the dog was also struck by a ricocheting bullet.

"Obviously something was wrong", Alcantar said.

Authorities said the dog was hit by the gunfire but survived the shooting, the Times reported. She said a friend of her nephew came knocking on her door frantically looking for the boy's mother.

We will update this story with more information as it becomes available following the Sheriff's Department's investigation.

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