A 17-year old boy who was shot dead by sheriff’s deputies in Palmdale, California has been identified by authorities. The teenaged boy was killed while reportedly protecting the dog. His family says he was an animal lover and would go to any extent in saving them.
Police have recognized the boy as Armando Garcia-Muro. The boy was shot despite the fact that the child was trying to stop the dog from attacking the officers. The officers claim that the boy who was with a pit bull dog “was accidentally killed as he tried to stop his aggressive dog from attacking the officers”.
A friend of the boy was quoted by ABC 7 as saying that the teenager was shot by a ricocheting bullet. “He was trying to stop the dog from attacking the cops, and they shot both of them, I guess,” said Nick Perez, a friend of Garcia-Muro’s, to ABC 7.
Authorities claim that sheriff’s deputies had gone to the area, following a report of a loud party in a home. “The 17-year-old was struck in the chest as he tried to jump on the dog,” reported The Los Angeles Times. His family told the media that the teen was just “protecting a dog” when shot.
Reports suggest that Armando Garcia-Muro who was an incoming high school senior, died Thursday after being shot in the chest. Reports suggest that the boy was caught in the gunfire as two sheriff’s deputies opened fire on the attacking animal, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Amber Alcantar, his aunt told CBS Los Angeles “My nephew was trying to save the dog because the cops started shooting at the dog…He put his life on the line for an animal that wasn’t even his.” Family claims that the boy was “protecting a dog” when he was accidentally killed by deputies’ ricocheting bullets”. Authorities said Garcia-Muro was likely caught in the crosshairs of ricocheting bullets. The deputies were responding to complaint calls of loud music at about 3:50 a.m., when they were met at the residence by an aggressive pit bull. The sheriff’s office said the roughly 65-pound dog charged at the deputies and bit one on his left knee.
The official version says that the boy corralled the dog and took it to the back of the apartment complex as the deputies moved to the street to focus on the injured officer. But the dog followed the officer and came running at them. Seeing it, the deputies opened fire. Later, the deputies found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest near the back of the complex.
A Washington Post report while quoting the boy’s mother says, “her son was the eldest of four siblings, loved dogs and wanted to go into the construction business. He would have been a senior at R. Rex Parris High School in Palmdale this fall.”In a Facebook report, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department called the boy as suspect. “Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives are responding to the 38500 block of 10th St East, Palmdale, to investigate the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting…The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead”, the department’s facebook page said.