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Teen shot by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in alleged robbery attempt dies

A 15-year-old who was shot by an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Friday in Arcadia died early Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The officer shot the teen along with a 14-year-old when they and another youth tried to rob him at gunpoint Friday night, authorities said.

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According to the Sheriff's Department, the officer was walking on the sidewalk on 1st Avenue, south of Colorado Boulevard, just after 8 p.m. when the teens attacked him from behind.

One of the teens hit the officer in the head several times while another pointed a gun at him and demanded his property, Deputy Caroline Rodriguez said in a written statement.

The officer "thought the subjects were going to rob and shoot him so he retrieved his department-issued handgun," Rodriguez said.

The officer shot at the teens, hitting two of them. They were taken to a hospital, she said.

The 15-year-old was pronounced dead at 5:34 a.m. Saturday. A 14-year-old remains in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said Deputy Guillermina Saldaña.

The third boy was later arrested not far from the shooting scene on suspicion of robbery, Rodriguez said.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, she said.

The officer had some bruising to his face, which did not require medical treatment, Rodriguez said.

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UPDATES:

11:35 a.m.: This article has been updated with the death of one of the teens

This article was originally published at 9:40 a.m.

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