Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies opened fire on a biting dog after responding to a call of a teen house party early Thursday morning — but a bullet ricocheted and killed a 17-year-old boy, who was trying to save the dog from gunfire.

Reports say the sheriff’s department received calls about the party and arrived on scene at an apartment complex around 3:47 a.m., local time; but a pit bull sprinted from inside the residence — biting one of the responding deputies on the leg.

Officers restrained the animal — but it broke from their grips.

Armando Garcia, in the meantime, attempted to bring the dog under control, when police unleashed a hail of bullets against the offending animal — one round allegedly grazed the pavement and ricocheted upward — killing the teenager who only wanted to protect the animal.

“We believe that when the individual came out from behind the building, which was approximately 40 feet away from where the shooting occurred, he may have been struck by one of the skip rounds. And it is what we’re calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident,” asserted Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Chris Bergner in a press conference Thursday.


Unfortunate in that the teen had been trying to do what the deputies apparently couldn’t — get the dog under control. And, after being rushed to the hospital, Garcia lost his life for the effort.

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

ABC 7 reports:

“Deputies at the scene said they initially responded to a report of loud music at a party. As they were conducting an investigation, a 60 to 65 pound pit bull ‘aggressively charged’ at deputies and bit one of them on his left knee. The deputy was not seriously injured.”

Officers then restrained the animal, but it broke loose — authorities say it charged at the deputies — two of whom then fired at the animal from a distance of just five seven feet. According to reports, the pit bull ran to a carport area behind the apartment complex, with deputies in pursuit — determined to hold the animal in a confined space to prevent any other attacks on bystanders.

“When they got to the carport area, deputies found the teen on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest,” ABC 7 notes.

Bergner also said the deputy relatively uninjured by the initial dog bite to the left knee was also treated for a gunshot wound from a ricocheting bullet to the right knee.

“This is an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident,” Bergner continued. “The bullet hit the apron of the driveway, traveled about 30 to 40 feet back, and potentially hit this individual who was coming around the corner.”

Of course, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has not made clear why spraying a dog with enough rounds to incidentally kill a teenager and wound an officer would have been a wise choice in an apartment complex, where — even given the pre-dawn hour of their arrival — shooting rather indiscriminately at an animal would seem feckless, at best.

Ill-fated, in the case of Armando Garcia — who lost his life to gunfire for trying to protect an animal from the cops.

The pit bull will be euthanized.

Neighbors told the media pit bulls are particularly common in the area, but the unnamed owner of the dog in question described the animal as “a big dog with a baby’s mind” — and it would never have meant any harm.

“Mando is a good kid,” lamented Garcia’s mother, Roberta Alcantar, of the teen who tried to save an animal from officer gunfire. “He did not deserve to die the way he died. I’m going to get to the bottom of it and it’s going to get handled.”

Armando Garcia will join a shamefully lengthy list of individuals who obviously know and love animals better than police — who should be trained to de-escalate animal situations, no matter the circumstances, given they encounter dogs and cats routinely — but who have had their lives cut short by frightened cops.

It seems the modus operandi for police in the U.S. is to shoot first, say something about being scared for life and limb, and don’t bother asking questions later.

And now another human being had his life untimely snuffed — unironically — for trying to protect a beloved dog, that wasn’t even his, from the police.

This is what it’s like to be an animal lover in a police state.

Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen.

    The L.A. law enforcement actively blocks many of my social media comments. Intensive internet censorship is widely practiced wherever California law enforcement can get away with it along with their mass incarnation and many thousands of murders.. They may hold California in an Authoritarian death grip but they are making all the classic historical blunders. They will, and must be ,brought down. .. Until law enforcement is held responsible by prosecutors things will only get worse. There is however;a chain of command. Attorneys and prosecutors (not the judge) are responsible One approach is to petition the Board of Responsibility and ask the prosecutors be disbarred for negligent ethics violations.. Also; it is the responsibility of the City Counsel through the Chief of Police to manage and control errant police. Find the correct link in this chain, you will then find it much easier to break Here in Nashville the police have enforced what is known as “HIGHER STANDARDS’ along with an intensive internal affairs to discipline them. An irresponsible or abusive officer will be fired. Usually the first time there is an incident. All law enforcement involving deadly force is intensively monitored by the public. Wearing a badge does not make them 007. An impressive number are fired out right.

    • Στελιν Μορτεν Βικτορ

      Cute, but God is HERE, in a person. Your name is incorrect.

      • TOPDOG1

        LOL. Your first comment. I’m flattered Now go take your thorazine and get back under the porch idiot.

        • Στελιν Μορτεν Βικτορ

          If you had any idea what the words you are using even mean, you’d realize how little sense that sentence actually makes, child.

          • TOPDOG1

            This is my rant. You can get your very own rant. If you think you can rant better than me,,,GO AHEAD..Rant away.

          • Στελιν Μορτεν Βικτορ


      • Damiana

        So is mine. It’s actually Jenna and when you flag a post, I’m the one who decides what to do with it. The only things that get deleted around here are spam and bigoted epithets.

  • Damiana

    Filing this one under “Christ, Jesus Tittyfucking.”

    • Guy

      Not even close Cat. To what this sort of screw up can be considered as ! Is enough to think that our supposed brave, and courageous men and women in blue, are the one’s who are the cause, then hear and read a chiefs lame excuse for it, to even being in existence, is too much for me to wrap my head around !

      Tick-Tick-Tick———BOOM !!!!

      • ICFubar

        The chief of police has to protect his crew because he needs the backup as many chiefs are up to their eyeballs in taking payoffs to allow drug running and other assorted CIA-Mafia criminal activity in their bailiwicks. There is no such thing as a clean big city chief! Also too many cops are bad shots beyond 10 yards, hardly ever practicing except when qualifying comes around. They make up for their poor pistol skills by having several members unleash a ‘hail of bullets.’

    • Sillywilly

      dang…I wasn’t aware we could use those three words in the same sentence without getting struck by lighting or causing an earthquake or tsunami or something lol

      • Damiana

        *leans in and whispers* Nuns are liars.

  • DrumX

    they are lying…a bullet must have ricochet, thats BS tring to cover up that they killed that boy cold blood. with police having guns, they invite this type of actions.

    • Damiana

      This is why all cops should have CAMERAS mounted right on top of their heads!

  • a hail of bullets, right. this was a homicide pure and simple.

  • Cadence Wallace

    So two lives were lost

  • Lydia

    Funny how the dog wasn’t attacking anyone at the party. >_>

  • Danny Tuel

    Shoot happy policemen. It happens every day. They don’t think before they shoot and its usually a case of an immature cop who has no business with a gun. Just because they can score well at the range doesn’t mean they are mature enough to handle a weapon that can take a life, Be it Dog or Man so easily. This whole thing sounds like a cover up to me anyway…….

  • Tammie Williams

    Well this a shame. The dog should never have been allowed out during the party. He should have put him up in a bedroom or a kennel cage. Noise is not the best thing for most dogs, it’s just like some human’s cant handle big crowds or go to concerts,and they sometimes act out or irrationally because of it, well dogs feel too.

  • Sanchez Williams

    so he got bit in the knee and shot in the knee? and two people getting hit with ricochets doesnt seam likely