1991 Sacramento Hostage Crisis

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1991 Sacramento Hostage Crisis Background: On April 4, 1991, four Vietnamese refugees took hostages at a California electronics store. The four men (Loi Khac Nguyen, Pham Khac Nguyen, Long Khac Nguyen, and Cuong Tran) who were armed with guns entered the store and grouped the customers and staff together. Some customers were able to escape and notify police about the situation. The police arrived and tried to negotiate with the men. Some hostages were released in exchange for bullet proof vests, while the rest of the hostages were still inside tied with wire. At one point, sniper Jeffrey Boyes received permission to fire at any of the four men who was in a clear line of sight. Boyes' shot missed his target due to deflection on a door. This caused one of the hostage takers to begin shooting at several of the hostages. The police took immediate action and entered the store. Three of the four hostage takers were shot and killed. During the assault, eleven hostages were wounded and three were killed. Similarities (to the Brazilian Bus situation): -Both hostage situations involved media coverage. The shootings of victims were witnessed live on television. -In both cases, the police fired at the suspects and missed. -Both had deaths of innocent victims. In Brazil one hostage was killed. In Sacramento 3 hostages were killed, while 11 others were injured. Differences: -In the Brazilian hostage situation, Sandro’s intentions were to rob the bus and its passengers as a means for survival. Although the reasoning for the Sacramento hostage situation is somewhat unclear, the hostage takers claimed they were trying to draw attention to the troubles in Vietnam, and that they were on a suicide mission. -Sandro died of suffocation although how is unknown, while three of the four hostage takers in Sacramento were shot by police. -The police in

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