An innocent bystander was killed by sheriffs deputies on Saturday during a hostage situation and standoff in Pico Rivera, California, local media reports.
Los Angeles County Sheriffs deputies were pursuing Cedric Ramirez, 24, who was wanted on two felony warrants, when the suspect ran into a home occupied by Frank and Lorraine Mendoza.
While on the premises, Ramirez began opening fire on the deputies, who fired back. During the exchange of gunfire, Frank Mendoza, 54, was fatally wounded.
“I seen it all,” said Frank Mendoza Jr., the victim’s son. “I got my kids out. I was trying to get my parents. My dad walked out and, you know, the deputy shot him.”
“He was trying to walk out,” Frank Jr. continued. “There was no running out of him. He was nonchalant. He had no rush. He just knew he had to get out the house, and the cop shot him.”
Ramirez was also shot dead during the melee.
As for how deputies responded to the situation, Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Department said they tried to cut a deal with Ramirez during the 8-hour hostage negotiation.
“They tried to negotiate with the suspect to come out. He wouldn’t come out,” Corina said. “They ultimately, hours later, made entry into the location, and that’s when the PD-involved shooting occurred, and they killed the suspect.”