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Woman Accidentally Shot After Police Fire At Pit Bull

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A woman was struck by a stray bullet after LAPD officers fired at and killed a pit bull, according to KTLA. The bullet reportedly went through the dog before striking the woman in her calf.

CBS 2 reporter Dave Lopez said he was right by the scene around 3:15 p.m., getting ready to report on another story, when he heard gun fire. He said that he heard a man shouting, "You shot my dog. You shot my dog," and when Lopez looked at the direction of commotion he saw a woman on the ground who was bleeding from her leg. According to Lopez, the woman claimed that she "got hit by a bullet that went through the dog." Cameramen caught footage of a man who was reported to be the owner of the dog, which Lopez describes as a pit bull. The man was draped over the dog and had not yet left the scene.

Lopez reports that LAPD officers on horseback were responding to an altercation when the dog was shot. He adds that two individuals at the scene were taken into custody. KTLA reports that the pit bull in question was suspected of biting one of the mounted officers in the hand.

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Drake Madison, a public information officer with the LAPD, confirmed to LAist that there was an officer-involved shooting that involved a woman and a dog, and that it took place by Rose Avenue and Ocean Front Walk at around 3:07 p.m. He had no further information.

The woman was conscious when she was taken to a hospital, though her current condition is unknown.