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Los Angeles police shoot at pit bull but kill teenager
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot and killed a teenager when a bullet ricocheted off the pavement during a dog attack, they say.
The 17-year-old died when a "skip" round struck him in the chest at around 03:40 local time on Thursday.
Two officers fired shots at the dog, which moments earlier had bitten one officer's knee. It had been restrained by the boy, but had broken free again.
An officer was also hit in the leg by a bullet fragment, investigators say.
Los Angeles Sheriff Captain Christopher Bergner said Armando Garcia-Muro's death was "an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident".
"Our initial impression was [the deputies] didn't even see the individual coming around from the side of the building," he said during a press conference near the location where the shooting occurred in the city's Palmdale neighbourhood.
Armando was about to enter his final year of high school.