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Teen hit by bullet, dies after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies fire at charging dog

Reports: Boy hit as he tried to restrain dog
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Posted at 9:51 AM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 16:31:51-04

A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed Thursday in a deputy-involved shooting in Palmdale, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials confirmed.

Sheriff's officials said the shooting involving at least at least two deputies occurred just after 3:45 a.m. in the 38500 block of 10th Street East.

KABC reported deputies arrived at an apartment complex in response to reports of loud music coming from a unit, and during their investigation, a pit bull charged and bit a deputy.

The teen took the dog to the back of the complex, but a short time later, the pit bull again charged towards deputies, prompting them to open fire, KABC reported.

According to KABC's report, the boy was struck by a bullet that ricocheted -- referred to by sheriff's officials as a "skip round" -- as he tried to retrieve the dog. The boy, identified by a family member as 17-year-old Armando Garcia, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The dog was taken into custody by animal control officers.

The incident remains under investigation.