Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Authorities: Ricocheted bullet meant for dog killed teen boy

Authorities: Ricocheted bullet meant for dog killed teen boy

The teen was apparently not seen by the police in the darkness and that's when the bullet ricocheted into his chest.

"He may have been struck by one of the skip rounds in what we're calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident", LASD Capt. Christopher Bergner told Buzzfeed News.

The 17-year-old, who had helped to restrain the dog after the first bite, died at a hospital an hour later, turning what began as a mere early-morning noise complaint at a party in Palmdale into a freak tragedy. When the deputies chose to try and corral the dog to prevent anyone else from being attacked, they noticed Armando on the ground, wounded. When deputies moved closer they noticed the teen on the ground, wounded after being struck in the chest from a round that skipped off the ground. Meanwhile the deputies retreated to call for a sergeant, who arrived and checked on the bitten deputy's injuries.

He was taken to a hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Five deputies were present at the time of the shooting but only two fired, discharging six to eight rounds, Bergner said. Perez said he passed out in his auto and awoke to find deputies surrounding his vehicle. It is unclear how many deputies were at the scene, and which deputies fired at the animal.

Deputies say as they were walking around, a pit bull charged them, biting one deputy on his left knee.

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The dog's owner, a woman, told the Los Angeles Times that the neighborhood kids use her home as a local hangout to listen to music.

The sheriff's office said a ricocheting bullet may have struck him, although the incident is still under investigation.

The dog was shot three or four times, L.A. County animal control confirmed.

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 soon-to-be senior had recently transferred to R. Rex Parris High School "to get his credits up so he could graduate high school", Genevie Escobar, Armando's ex-girlfriend and one of his best friends, told BuzzFeed News. "He would give his life for anybody", she said. "He was a very loving person". That's not his personality, ' she said.

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