Los Angeles County deputies fatally shoot male suspect


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.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives say bullets meant for a pit bull accidentally struck and killed a teenage boy in Palmdale early Thursday morning.

The shooting was reported at 3:47 a.m.in the 38500 block of 10th Street East. According to the Los Angeles Times, upon arrival, one of the deputies was attacked and bitten in the leg by a pitbull.

The boy was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

"This is a location they responded to at least four times in the past two months for loud music and/or gang-related calls", Bergner said.

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When cops showed up, the teen's 65-pound pit bull bit one of the officers on the knee, the report said.

The dog was shot but survived and was taken by animal control officers.

The teen tried to corral the dog, but it then tried to attack deputies, prompting them to open fire, KABC reported. The dog retreated behind the building, where deputies found the wounded boy. As deputies regrouped, they came across the teenager who was down with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

The deputy who had been bitten was also struck by a bullet fragment.

"It is what we're calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident at this time", he said.