Man mistakenly killed by deputy in gunfight was shot in head

Cindy Chang (Los Angeles Times) | August 7, 2014

Pico Rivera mistaken killingA Pico Rivera grandfather who was mistakenly killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy last week was shot in the forehead at fairly close range, even though he weighed about 50 pounds more than the 24-year-old gang member who took his wife hostage, officials said Thursday.

At a news conference, interim Sheriff John Scott said the deputies involved in the hostage standoff at the victim’s home are “traumatized” from the incident on Friday.

“This was a highly dynamic event in which deputy sheriffs were forced to make split-second decisions in an effort to rescue family members from the home,” Scott said. “The outcome was the heartbreaking death of an innocent man. As you can all imagine, the deputies involved in this event are devastated.”

It was the second time in four months that a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy mistook a victim for a suspect, both with tragic results. In the April incident in West Hollywood, a TV production assistant was hit in the chest when three deputies fired on him as he and another hostage rushed out of an apartment unit where they were being held. A second hostage was shot in the leg but survived.

Early Saturday morning at the Mendoza residence, deputies also killed the hostage-taker, Cedric Ramirez, who fired on them during the eight-hour standoff and had been on the run since deputies found him driving a stolen car containing a pistol and a rifle.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pico-rivera-standoff-victim-shot-20140807-story.html

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