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Teen shot dead by police while trying to remove pit bull that was charging at officers

By Mason White 1:24 PM June 25, 2017
Armando Garcia
Armando Garcia
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A family in California, is demanding answers after a teenager was shot dead at his home.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office announced that homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a police shooting that occurred on the 38500 block of 10th Street East, in Palmdale.

Officers were called to the home at around 3:45 a.m., on a complaint of loud music. When deputies arrived and walked up to the driveway, a 60-pound pit bull charged at the deputies and attacked one of them, biting him on his left knee.

At that time, a teen who was identified by his aunt as 17-year-old Armando Garcia, came from behind the apartment complex and restrained the pit bull, and took the dog to the back of the apartment complex.

Deputies then retreated back onto the street for safety and rendered aid to the injured deputy who was later hospitalized.

As the deputies were waiting for the arrival of paramedics, the pit bull came from the rear of the apartment and was once again charging towards the deputies.

At that point, two deputies shot at the pit bull from a five to seven feet distance, police said. A ricocheting bullet hit the teen in the chest.

He was transported to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Garcia’s mother said that “he was turning his life” around, and he wanted to finish school and go to college.