Los Angeles authorities accidentally killed a 17-year-old boy early Thursday after a freak accident involving a charging pit bull. According to the LA Times, authorities shot an aggressive pit bull in Palmdale but the bullets bounced off the ground and killed Armando Garcia-Muro.
“He may have been struck by one of the skip rounds in what we’re calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident,” shared Capt. Christopher Bergner in a press conference afterwards. “Our initial impression was [the deputies] didn’t even see the individual coming around from the side of the building.”
The incident took place after 3:40am. Five deputies showed up on the scene due to a call about a loud party. The pit bull reportedly bit one of the deputies in the knee and the teen was restraining the dog. The dog got loose and that's when shots were fired. According to Bergner, the dog was a full-grown pit bull weighing between 60 to 65 pounds.
The teen was apparently not seen by the police in the darkness and that's when the bullet ricocheted into his chest.
According to ABC7, the dog didn't belong to the teen but to his aunt. Amber Alcantar said that her dog "a big dog with a baby's mind" and didn't mean to harm anyone. NBCNews adds that the dog was later euthanized.
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