Teen is fatally shot by L.A. County deputies in pit bull attack on officers – LA Times – “Afraid… pull your gun out and shoot!” Dog, kid, your partner, yourself…

teenager fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Palmdale early Thursday was accidentally killed as he tried to stop his aggressive dog from attacking the officers, according to an internal sheriff’s department memo.The 17-year-old was struck in the chest as he tried to jump on the dog, said the memo, a copy of which was reviewed by The Times. A deputy who had been bitten by the animal was also struck by a bullet fragment in the shooting.In a news conference at the scene hours after the shooting, Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said it appeared that both the teen and the deputy had been struck by “skip” rounds that had ricocheted off the ground when deputies fired at the charging animal.“He may have been struck by one of the skip rounds in what we’re calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident,” Bergner said. “Our initial impression was [the deputies] didn’t even see the individual coming around from the side of the building.”

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