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2 Shot By LAPD In Dorner Manhunt Get $4.2 Million

April 23, 2013  | 

The city of Los Angeles has agreed to a $4.2 million settlement with the two newspaper delivery women who were injured when LAPD officers opened fire on them during the Chris Dorner manhunt.

Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were delivering newspapers in Torrance on Feb. 7, when officers mistook their blue Toyota Tacoma for Dorner's gray Nissan Titan. Hernandez was shot twice in the back and Carranza was hit by flying glass, according to their attorney.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called the shooting "a tragic misinterpretation" by officers working under "incredible tension" hours after Dorner allegedly shot police officers, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In March, the city paid the women $40,000 to cover the cost to replace their bullet-ridden truck. The officers reportedly fired more than 100 rounds into the vehicle.

Comments (13)

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Sam L'Enfant @ 4/23/2013 5:35 PM

Thank heavens for poor marksmanship! Bad enough to have hurt them but how awful it would have been to kill them.

Aaron @ 4/22/2013 7:10 PM

If they are here illegally take it back

OfficerJason @ 4/22/2013 7:56 PM

Unfortunately dumb mistakes like this is what the majority of the general public see as law enforcement. And also does the LAPD not teach "identifying your target"? A gross neglegent mistake

Lisa @ 4/23/2013 8:54 PM

I have to agree with Aaron. Maybe it was a tragic misinterpretation, however really $4.2M? I can see paying medical bills, lost earnings and maybe a few bucks.....but $4.2M? How many families would that feed?

Jim A @ 4/24/2013 12:46 AM

Where 4.2 million dollars might be a lot, I can bet if it had been your wife and her mother, it would not have been nearly enough. Well, maybe too much for your mother in law at least.

And if you figure it out, it is "only" $42,000 per bullet that hit the truck.

Really, we can be happy it was only 4.2 Million. If it had gone to court, the jury would have likely presented a larger number due to the negligent circumstances. We can only be glad it was not one of us that was on either end of this one.

Lt Dan @ 4/24/2013 5:16 AM

Bravo to LAPD for settling this thing before the attorney's fees were charged up astronomically by billable hours above the contingency fee. At 30% some lawyer netted $1.25 million.

Lt Dan @ 4/24/2013 5:17 AM

Bravo to LAPD for settling this thing before the attorney's fees were charged up astronomically by billable hours above the contingency fee. At 30% some lawyer netted $1.25 million.

CID Sarge @ 4/24/2013 6:17 AM

Truly a tragic mistake, but do we know all of the circumstances behind why the officers mistook what was presented to them? Probably not. Also, it sounds like the Tacoma might make a pretty good patrol vehicle and a really good personal vehicle.

Jim B. @ 4/24/2013 7:44 AM

Was there ever any additional information that came out about this shooting? I'd be interested in learning what really happened there. All I've read is that the officer were protecting the home of an LAPD official, they saw a truck they thought matched Donner's and they opened fire.

I'm sure there is more to the story than that but I haven't heard what it might be. I mean, did the cops really think that just because they saw a truck in the area that matched the suspects (even though this one really didn't) that they could just shoot it up? I really don't think so. So what else happened, what did they see, what made them shoot?

Czar James @ 4/24/2013 7:51 AM

I'm sure they'll soon get their white shirts and end up Chief of Police too.

Donutplz @ 4/24/2013 9:10 AM

Im OK with it. You DONT shoot up a vehicle 100 times just because you THINK a dangerous suspect is inside it.

IBM @ 4/24/2013 11:41 PM

Aaron, nice comment, now please get back in your tree.

hmm @ 5/12/2013 2:52 AM

Why does no one know the names of these officers who opened fire still? Seems like something smells real bad that no one knows who these officers are.

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