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Nation IN BRIEF : HAWAII : Fired Worker Killed in Hostage Drama

February 07, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A man upset over being laid off at a waterproofing business near Honolulu returned to his former workplace, shot a supervisor and held a former co-worker hostage on live television before he was fatally shot by police. Police held their fire for six hours because John Miranda had a shotgun taped to his hand and to the head of hostage Tom McNeil. It wasn't immediately clear what brought an end to the standoff, which occurred beyond camera range. Miranda, 28, died later at a hospital of a chest wound. Supervisor George Guy, 39, was in critical condition, and the hostage escaped with just a few scrapes.

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