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Sheriff's deputy kills hostage during standoff with parolee in Los Angeles

Parolee Fatally Shot By Deputies After Allegedly Holding Woman, 60, Hostage

PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accidentally shot and killed a man during a gunfight with a wanted parolee who invaded the man's house and took his wife hostage, authorities said Saturday.

The deputy mistook Frank Mendoza, 54, for the parolee during an 8-hour standoff that ended with SWAT officers storming his home in the suburb of Pico Rivera to rescue his wife and kill the suspect, said William McSweeney, chief of the sheriff's detective division.

He said the confusion occurred after Cedric Ramirez, 24, traded gunfire with deputies who were trying to arrest him for parole violations around 5 p.m. Friday. Ramirez broke into Mendoza's home through a rear window. Deputies went to the front door to rush an adult and two children out of the house when Ramirez appeared in a hallway and began shooting at them, McSweeney said.

The deputies fired back and ran for cover in the front yard. Seconds later, a man ran out of the door.

"Believing the man was Ramirez, a deputy fired two shots at the man," McSweeney said. When one of the evacuated residents recognized that the fallen man was Mendoza, deputies tried to rescue him but he was dead by the time paramedics reached him.

"This incident was beyond tragic, and all of law enforcement grieves with the Mendoza family," McSweeney said. "We have made personal contact with the family, and have expressed our regret and sadness over these events."

Mendoza's wife was not harmed during the standoff, and no deputies were injured.

McSweeney said a SWAT team stormed the house after hostage negotiators failed to convince Ramirez to release his hostage and surrender.

He said every aspect of the standoff will be assessed by investigators for compliance with the law and department policy.

"Every deputy I've ever worked with tries to do the best job in circumstances like this," McSweeney said. "They unfold fast, they're extremely dangerous, you don't have all the information and you're making decisions about the information that you do have in one or two seconds."

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BLONDIE & GRUMPY August 03 2014 at 1:50 PM

Another extremely well trained Sheriff Deputy who has "No Gun Discipline" at all; and just can't wait to get in on the 'action!'

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rickcarufel August 03 2014 at 1:52 PM

The killer will be rewarded with two weeks vacation with pay and in 6 months get a commendation for bravery in the line of duty. Meanwhile another lesson in why no-one should ever call the police to their home. They are eager to kill you.

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brucethm3 August 03 2014 at 1:38 PM

That deputy deserves to be fired, but it sounds as though the justifications by the police department to excuse the deputy have already begun.
An innocent man, who was depending on the police for protection, was shot and killed by the same. What utter incompetence.

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msmith6791 August 03 2014 at 1:27 PM

Now here is what you if you are the wife of the man these depraved men (who call themselves depuites): 1. you file a complaint with the "watch commander" for wrongful death. You demand $1 million. It is rejected. Now you file a tort claim against the city of Los Angeles and demand $10 million. The city rejects the tort claim. Now you hire a gang-buster attorney who files a civil rights lawsuit, holds press-conferences and sue for $100 million. There is no excuse for this and never will be. Police today now are simply military units invading our cities. Wake up people.

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BoB August 03 2014 at 1:19 PM

another trigger happy cop (geustpo) here in good ol' police state USSA.

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STRAT August 03 2014 at 1:18 PM

Shoot first..shoot some more..check it out later...

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kmcc895370 August 03 2014 at 2:09 PM

When I looked at the picture on AOL, I thought it was a story on martial law in the US with the military vehicle, the sub-machine guns and OD military uniforms. Should I be relieved that I was wrong, that it was only about the police murderin g someone while 'bulldozing' their way to a resolution?

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komivesdd August 03 2014 at 2:10 PM

Well we gotta use this equipment and ammunition, if we don't our budget will be cut next year.

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Randy1953 komivesdd August 03 2014 at 10:15 PM

To save you we must kill you .
The new motto for LA SWAT !

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Phil August 03 2014 at 1:57 PM

Ya It don't matter. We got to kill somebody. We're happy. Next murder comin up. We dont have to worry we're the cops. We can kill whoever we want to cause we will just say..... ummm whatever .We're the cops.

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