Authorities: Ricocheted bullet meant for dog killed teen boy

A 17-year-old dog owner was killed in a deputy-involved shooting early Thursday

Animal control planned to euthanize the dog.

A teenager was fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies when he was trying to stop an aggressive dog from attacking the officers on Thursday, authorities said.

Deputies were checking on a house party at about 3:47 a.m. when they were reportedly confronted by a pit bull.

Deputies had responded to a report of loud music at "a single-story apartment complex with two apartments in the front, carports to the rear, and another set of two apartments to the rear of the carport", said sheriff's Capt. Christopher Bergner.

Deputies were helping the injured officer and waiting for paramedics when "the pit bull came from the rear of the apartment and again charged at deputy personnel", the sheriff's office reported.

After the 65-pound dog bit a deputy on the knee, the boy took him behind the carport area.

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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.

The deputies went after the dog to prevent it from harming anyone else, he said.

Bergner calls the shooting an extremely unfortunate incident.

As they did so, the deputies came across the juvenile, who was down with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bergner said in a press conference the deputy's injury also appeared to have been from a skip round that had ricocheted off the ground.

Garcia was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Multiple agencies are investigating the deadly shooting, including the L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, the sheriff's Homicide Bureau and Internal Affair Bureau.

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