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Dog charges at deputy resulting in gunfire injuring an 11-year-old boy in Helendale

HELENDALE, Calif. ( — An 11-year-old boy was grazed with a ricochet bullet after a deputy opened fire on a dog that charged at the officer, officials said.

It happened just before 9:00 pm, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, in the 15000 block of Tournament Drive in Helendale.

Deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the residence regarding a disturbance. Upon arrival, the deputy knocked on the door of the residence which was opened up by an 11-year-old boy.

According to a sheriff’s news release, the family dog a male German Shepard came toward the deputy, in a threatening manner.

“The deputy backed away from the front door and fired his duty weapon toward the dog. The dog sustained a graze wound to a paw and his side. The bullet then ricocheted off of the cement of the front porch and stucco of the house, and a fragment grazed the 11-year-old boy on the outside of his left leg,” stated the news release.

Emergency personnel responded to the residence. The boy was treated for a minor injury and did not require transport to a hospital. The owner took the dog to a nearby veterinarian for treatment, and the dog will recover from his injury.

Investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division were requested and are conducting the investigation.

Updates will be provided as additional information is available for release.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division-Homicide Detail, Detective Floyd Stone at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We
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