Caught in the crossfire, the teen was struck at least once in the upper torso, sheriff's deputies said. Only then did they see that the boy, who had been standing about 40 feet (12 meters) away, had also remerged from behind the building and had been hit in the chest by a so-called "skip round" that had ricocheted off the pavement.
A 17-year-old pet owner was killed in a deputy-involved shooting early Thursday, June 22, 2017, on the 38500 block of 10th Street East in Palmdale.
Armando Garcia was hanging out at a friend's apartment listening to music early Thursday morning when the dog started barking.
The teenager was reportedly trying to prevent his aggressive pitbull from attacking an officer of the law and ended up getting struck by a bullet which was originally fired at the approaching dog to stop it from attacking the officer.
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. The dog retreated behind the building, where deputies found the wounded boy.
The deputy who had been bitten was also struck by a "skip" round in his right knee and was taken to a local hospital. Sheriff's officials said the dog had to be euthanized because of its condition.
The young man was frantically searching for Garcia-Muro's mother, Alcantar told the Los Angeles Times.
The #LA County Sheriff's Department said the deputies shot at the dog, wounding it when the pit bull was around 10 feet away from them.
Two of the five sheriff's deputies shot six to eight rounds at the pitbull.
A 17-year-old boy was killed Thursday in a deputy-involved shooting in Palmdale, authorities said. "They are good kids".
She claimed that her dog is well mannered and off his leash, which was a normal practice, and feels that the deputies' claims about the dog seem questionable.
The incident occurred around 3:45 a.m. when Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene to investigate. He would have been a senior at R. Rex Parris High School in Palmdale this fall.
"He would give his life for anybody".
Armando always stayed positive and "loved to make people happy", by goofing around and doing impressions, she said.