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Teenager, Dog Fatally Shot By Deputies In Palmdale

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A 17-year-old male and a pit bull were fatally shot Thursday morning after deputies responded to reports of a loud party at the 38500 block of 10th Street East in Palmdale.

The incident occurred around 3:45 a.m. when Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene to investigate. According to the Los Angeles Times, upon arrival, one of the deputies was attacked and bitten in the leg by a pitbull.

The animal was restrained, but then attacked the deputy again, according to KABC. When this happened, two deputies fired at the pitbull and the teenager was struck in the chest as he tried to pull the dog away. A bullet fragment also struck the bitten deputy. It is unclear how many deputies were at the scene, and which deputies fired at the animal.

"The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead," a press release by the Sheriff's department notes. The Times adds that the teen was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital.

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We will update this story with more information as it becomes available following the Sheriff's Department's investigation.