Teen was shot by ricocheting bullets as he tried to protect a dog from deputies from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.

Tragic accident

17-year-old Armando Garcia-Muro was killed by LA police officers who were trying to shoot a dog that had attacked a cop. Amber Alcantar, Armando’s aunt was wakened by her nephew’s friend Thursday morning. The young man was looking for his friend’s mother, covered in blood.

Authorities and the victim’s family describe the incident as an “extremely, extremely unfortunate incident.” The bullets had ricocheted off the driveway and hit the teenager in the chest, said authorities. Garcia-Muro later died at the hospital.

It was the victim’s family who identified the boy after the Sheriff’s office released a statement about the incident and refused to share the boy’s identity and age.

Distraught aunt, Alcantar shared “My nephew was trying to save the dog because the cops started shooting at the dog,” she explained, “He put his life on the line for an animal that wasn’t even his.”

Early morning incident

Just before 4 a.m. Thursday, the police were called to an apartment complex in Palmdale, 60 miles north of Los Angeles. The police were called in for a noise complaint, explain the authorities. Upon reaching the apartment in question, the officers were “aggressively charged” by a 60 to 65-pound pit bull. Police say that a deputy’s knee was bitten by the rampaging dog.

The sheriff’s office went on to explain, that a “male Hispanic juvenile” came out from behind the building and restrained the dog. The officers then took the injured deputy and “retreated back onto the street for safety,” and called paramedics to the scene.

The dog returned with a vengeance and attacked the deputies again. The dog was shot at by two of the officers from a five to seven-foot distance, which scared it enough to return to the rear of the complex.

To prevent a repeat attack, the police went on to attempt to trap the dog in order to “prevent additional victims.” Behind the building, they found the teen bleeding on the ground. It appeared to be that he had a “gunshot wound to the chest.” Paramedics carried the injured boy to the hospital where he later passed away.

The statement given by the sheriff’s office went on to express, “Preliminary investigation indicated the first six to eight feet where the shooting occurred with the pit bull, there was evidence of skip rounds on the driveway area.”

“Detectives believe when the juvenile came out from behind the building, which was approximately 40 feet away from where the shooting occurred with the dog, the juvenile may have been struck by one of the skip rounds.”

Rough night

Garcia-Mura wasn’t the only one hit with a stray bullet, the bitten deputy had also been hit by a bullet fragment which lodged in his right leg.

The dog survived a gunshot, however it will be euthanized for being a menace say authorities.

Captain Christopher Bergner told press that only two out of the five officers present had discharged their weapons. Bergner goes on to say, “(The teen) may have been struck by one of the skip rounds in what we’re calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident.”

He goes on to add “Our initial impression was didn’t even see the individual coming around from the side of the building.”

Distraught dog owner

“That’s not my dog,” says dog owner, a woman who chose to remain anonymous, “That’s not his personality.” She didn’t believe that her dog would attack the police. She claimed he was normally well mannered even when off his leash.

The woman told press that kids from the neighborhood would often go to “hangout” at her place. “They are all my friends, they are good kids.”

Armando, who was going to become a senior this fall, was the eldest of four siblings, who loved dogs and hoped to go in to the business of construction.