Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a 17-year-old young man in the early hours of Thursday, June 22, 2017, after responding to a noise complaint regarding a house party. According to local media outlets and the LASD, the deputies had encountered a dog in the yard and one deputy was bitten. The injured deputy then called for his supervisor and the dog’s owner tried to secure the dog by tethering it only to have the dog break free and head in the direction of a group of deputies re-entering the yard only a few minutes later. The teen attempted to grab the dog and was shot dead. The official release describes the incident as “unfortunate”.
LASD Press Release describing the victim as a “Suspect”, so typical.
DATE: Thursday, June 22, 2017
TIME: 3:47 a.m.
LOCATION: 38500 blk 10th St East, Palmdale
UNIT: Homicide Bureau, Lieutenant Moore
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives are responding to the 38500 block of 10th St East, Palmdale, to investigate the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting.
The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
There is no additional information available at this time.
Whenever a Deputy-Involved Shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and it results in the fatality of a suspect, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immediately notifies the Office of the Inspector General who sends a representative to the incident scene and provides independent oversight throughout the investigative process. Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee. The Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney also participates in the investigatory process and conducts a legal analysis of the shooting.
We will update as more information becomes available.