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Teenage Robbery Suspect Dies In Hospital After Shooting By Off-Duty Customs Agent

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A teenage robbery suspect died Saturday morning while in the hospital receiving treatment for gunshot wounds from an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer. The officer shot another suspect, who remains in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The two suspects, ages 14 and 15, were shot Friday evening in Arcadia and then taken to a nearby hospital. The officer was not injured, and authorities say he was defending himself against the suspects, one of whom was armed. A third robbery suspect was taken into custody after the shooting.

The shooting was reported around 8:15 p.m. Friday near First Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Arcadia, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the shooting. Deputy Caroline Rodriguez of the Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Department said the officer was walking in the area when the three boys attacked him from behind and demanded his property at gunpoint. The officer "shot at
the subjects in an effort to defend himself," Rodriguez told City News Service. He wounded two of the boys and the third ran away before being taken into custody. The 15-year-old boy died in the hospital at 5:34 a.m. Saturday, according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

LAist has reached out to the Arcadia Police Department for comment.

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