According to an internal memo obtained by the Times, the two deputies shot at the pit bull "while the pet owner simultaneously tried to jump onto the dog to stop it from attacking deputy personnel". As the deputies walked up the driveway, a 60- to 65-pound pit bull "aggressively charged at the deputies and attacked one of them", biting the deputy on the knee, the sheriff's department said.
A 17-year-old male and a pit bull were fatally shot Thursday morning after deputies responded to reports of a loud party at the 38500 block of 10th Street East in Palmdale. According to the Los Angeles Times, upon arrival, one of the deputies was attacked and bitten in the leg by a pitbull.
The incident occurred about 3:47 a.m. and the boy, identified by his aunt as Armando Garcia, died at 4:28 a.m.at a local hospital. Because this was a fatal deputy-involved shooting, separate investigations will be conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner - Coroner, Sheriff's Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau, the sheriff's office said. The dog will likely be euthanized, according to the sheriff's department.
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. "At that point, two deputies engaged the dog in gunfire".
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The dog ran off and the teenager tied up the animal to prevent it from attacking again. She said a friend of her nephew came knocking on her door frantically looking for the boy's mother.
Sheriff's Capt. Christopher Bergner called it an "extremely, extremely unfortunate incident".
The dog was also struck and taken for treatment by animal control.