Armando Garcia-Muro Dead At 17 Trying To Protect Dog From Police Gunfire
This is so sad. 17-year-old Armando Garcia-Muro is dead after being accidentally shot by police officers who were trying to stop a pitbull from attactking.
According to WaPo reports the police account claims deputies were called to an apartment in Palmdale shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday to investigate a report of “loud music.” Upon approaching the apartment they were “aggressively charged” by a 60 to 65-pound pit bull and the authorities claim the dog bit one of the deputies on the knee.
That’s when a “male Hispanic juvenile” came from behind the apartment, calming the animal and leading him to the back of the complex. Deputies called paramedics and “retreated back onto the street for safety,” where they treated the injured officer.
While waiting for medical assistance to arrive, the dog returned and charged again, according to authorities. Two officers fired at the animal from five to seven feet away and the dog went into a carport area behind the complex.
When deputies followed the pit to trap it and “prevent additional victims” they found the young teen bleeding on the ground in the carport area from “what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest.” Deputies administered medical attention until paramedics arrived and transported him to a local hospital, where he died.
“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,” the sheriff’s department said in the statement. “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.”
The same deputy who was injured by the dog was also hit by a bullet fragment in his right leg. He was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition. The pitbull was also shot, but he survived as well and authorities say he will be euthanized.
According to LA Times reports, at a news conference, Capt. Christopher Bergner told reporters five deputies were present at the time of the shooting but only two discharged their weapons. Six to eights shots were fired, Bergner said.
Relatives of the Garcia-Muro told reporters the dog wasn’t even his. Crazy right? If this truly was a case of a bullet ricocheting that’s one thing, but do you believe the police are being honest about this one?
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