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February 24, 1996 | JUDY TORRES
A Canoga Park man who eluded police for more than a year was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter Thursday night in connection with the accidental killing of a man in December 1994, police said. As Jaime Pina, 25, stepped off a bus in Canoga Park, two police officers recognized him and arrested him at 7:30 p.m., Det. Rick Swanston of the West Valley Division said. "They were given pictures of him, and they thought, 'He sure looks like Jaime Pina,' " Swanston said.
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November 21, 1995 | JULIE TAMAKI
An Encino man was hospitalized over the weekend after being shot in the face by a friend who told investigators she was acting out a role in a popular television show, police said. The victim, Clyde Agnew, 39, was expected to recover from a gunshot wound he suffered Saturday at his apartment in the 5300 block of Newcastle Avenue, Los Angeles Police Detective Rick Swanston said.
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November 18, 1995
A 24-year-old Van Nuys man was fatally shot Friday by his roommate as they played with a pistol they believed was not loaded, Los Angeles police detectives said. Michael Christopher Cullen and his roommates Randall Eugene Smith, 29, and Dean Zaccaglini, 20, were toying with the .38-caliber pistol about 1:45 p.m. in their apartment in the 14000 block of Oxnard Avenue when Smith put the gun to Cullen's chest and pulled the trigger, LAPD Detective Dan DeJarnette said.
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August 18, 1995
A man accidentally shot a relative in the jaw Thursday when he pulled the trigger of what he thought was a cute, gun-shaped cigarette lighter. It wasn't. The man was rifling through an old suitcase full of personal papers in the family home on Valerio Street when he found the small .22-caliber derringer, Sgt. Gary Patton said. The shiny pistol was an older model gun, designed to fit into a belt buckle, Patton said.
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March 15, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police arrested a 16-year-old Sylmar High School student Tuesday on suspicion of homicide and a prosecutor said he will probably be charged with manslaughter in the accidental death of a 14-year-old classmate. The youth, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, shot and killed Chris Mitchell, a friend, after they had skipped school, police said. The shooting took place at the 16-year-old's condominium March 9.
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March 14, 1995 | L.D. STRAUB and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police were considering criminal charges against a 16-year-old Sylmar High School student who fatally shot a friend in a case they believe to be accidental, authorities said Monday. As the parents of Chris Mitchell grieved Monday over the loss of their 14-year-old son, police said prosecutors will have a variety of options in the case. "It's pretty widespread as to what they could do with this," Detective Ray Broker said.
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January 25, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS
A 16-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his own gun Tuesday when a Los Angeles police officer grabbed it while searching him, authorities said. The boy was hit once in the back when his .22-caliber revolver discharged in his jacket pocket as Officer Rudy Gonzales pressed the trigger while frisking the youth, said Officer Don Cox. The incident occurred at Vanowen Street and Woodman Avenue about 2:30 p.m.
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December 22, 1994
A Canoga Park man was in critical condition Wednesday after a friend showing off a new handgun accidentally shot him in the head, Los Angeles police said. Jaime Pina, 22, of Canoga Park was being sought by police in connection with the shooting, Detective Rick Swanston said. Swanston said Pina ran away after Bernardo Martinez, 22, was shot once in the head. Martinez and another friend went to visit Pina at his home in the 7300 block of Milwood Avenue about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Swanston said.
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September 9, 1994 | ED BOND
A 12-year-old boy who said he accidentally shot his 14-year-old friend in the face last week won't be prosecuted for attempted murder, a county prosecutor said Thursday. Police may still pursue charges of illegal possession of a loaded firearm or possession of a concealable firearm against the boy, Roberto Ortiz Jr. of Van Nuys. But that is unlikely because of the boy's age and clean record, the prosecutor said.
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September 7, 1994 | ALICIA DOYLE
Victor Tamayo, a Van Nuys 14-year-old shot in the face by a 12-year-old friend Friday, was reported in "stable and improving" condition Tuesday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Victor was critically injured when he and his friend, Roberto Ortiz Jr., were playing with a loaded .38-caliber handgun. They were playing with the weapon in the living room of Roberto's Van Nuys apartment when the gun went off, striking Victor in the left upper cheek.
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