Police Accidentally Killed a Teenage Boy While Shooting at Charging Pit Bull

TIME

Authorities in Los Angeles accidentally shot and killed a 17-year-old boy after unleashing a hail of bullets on a charging pit bull the teenager was trying to protect, his grieving family said.

Armando Garcia-Muro, an incoming high school senior, died Thursday after being shot in the chest, authorities and relatives said. The teenager 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.

“My nephew was trying to save the dog because the cops started shooting at the dog,” the teenager’s aunt, Amber Alcantar, told CBS Los Angeles. “He put his life on the line for an animal that wasn’t even his.”

Authorities said Garcia-Muro was likely caught…

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