Following on this question: Am I allowed to kill a person threatening me? CA, USA
What if you are the target of lethal force? In this case your own life is threatened, even though you created the situation that warranted the use of lethal force against you.
So what if now the hostage-taker kills the guy who tried to stop him with lethal force. And after that the hostage-taker gives up. Would he be guilty "only" of the crime of hostage taking or would he be guilty of murder as well?