LAPD To Give New Truck To Women Shot By Officers

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TORRANCE, Calif. (KTLA) – LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced Saturday his department will provide a new truck to two women injured by officers in pursuit of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner.

Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were delivering newspapers in Torrance early Thursday when LAPD officers riddled their blue Toyota Tacoma with bullets.

Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza sustained minor injuries from broken glass.

Beck has called the incident “a tragic misinterpretation” by officers working under “incredible tension” hours after Dorner allegedly shot three police officers, one fatally.

Officers had mistakenly thought the truck they were driving belonged to Dorner.

The two women now say they had no warning before they were caught in a hail of bullets by officers, and it is remarkable that they survived.

One neighbor in the area told the Los Angeles Times she believes she heard roughly 60 rounds fired at the women.  An image of their aqua blue Toyota Tundra truck, riddled with bullet holes, tells the story.

It was around 5 a.m. Thursday morning that police in El Segundo spotted the truck exiting the freeway.

But LAPD officers failed to realize that they women were delivering Los Angeles Times newspapers.

Police fired on the truck in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in Torrance, leaving both women with non-life threatening wounds.

Officers in the area had been assigned to keep watch over a high-ranking LAPD officer’s home.

The women have subsequently retained an attorney, Glen T. Jonas.  Jonas reports that Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza received stitches on her finger.

“The police have a job to do,” Jonas said.  “But that job does not include street justice.  It does not include execution.”

“Obviously, everyone is uptight, and you’ve got to be sensitive to that.  But you’ve got to be professional, and match your description, and give fair warning before you start shooting at people.”

The LA Times reports that a total of seven different officers fired on the women’s truck in Torrance.

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  • lilliebelle

    All they had ti do was run the registration and then they would have seen that it was not registered to CHRIS!!!! How STUPID can one be!!!!!!!

  • D_F

    Hmm.. As soon as I post a comment, it says "This comment has been deleted by the administrator." But no reason is given. Please fix this.

  • guest

    Dont believe for one second believe this was a mistake or these officers were renegade cops. There were two separate incidents and more than 8 officers involved shooting at two separate trucks. The head of this organization gave a shoot to kill order.

    • Trebor Reipan

      After their out of court settlement, the two ladies won’t need no stinking pickup truck. The chief needs to give his officers shooting lessons.

  • james

    remember how he tried to frame the guy he PROMISED us was the man who beat that fireman at dodgers stadium? then last week he promised this mad dog killer would NEVER clear his name … gee, and now this coward chief is going to re-open the investigation "for the public confidence." Puh-leeze. the guy is evil, but he wasn't when he got rail-roaded by the thin blue line.

    cowards all. the mayor, the chief, the city council, and the killer…cowards. COWARDS!!!

  • woot woot

    What a bunch of pussies. They don't even identify the target before opening up. Attempt murder x3 in a matter of seconds. Amateur hour. Hold them responsible.

  • guest

    Boy, LAPD is really sucking up to these women now. Just get out your checkbook City of Los Angeles and make sure it is a 7 digit number.

  • Roger

    I have come to believe that those seven officers who shoot at these ladies where so lucky to "misidentified" them for Dorner. If they had came across with him, they would be dead by now. 60 shots and no lethal hits agains two defenseless ladies. They would have been just breakfast for Dorner.

  • dan saulmon

    MyWhy do news lie for pd every time? Elsegundo zeen what? Dorner…but didnt bother to stop him. Go ahead and remove my comment dishonest cowards.


    Who are the officers? When CRIMES are committed aren't the criminals' names released? It'll get poo-pooed, they'll get a minor suspension (if that much) and be right back to work.

  • Marcus

    LAPD ARE COWARDS, so are most cops and that is why they join the police force. They are those gutless kids we knew in high school and now they want pay back.

    Shooting people from the back because you are scared is cowardly.

  • sayitagain

    Beck, Bratton and those named in the manifesto are protected and safe while placing their neighbors and their immediate communities in harm's way.

    The neighbors and communities are not threatened by Dorner, but by stressed out, nervous cops who are being forced to wear a target on their backs and have already gunned down innocent civilians.

    If I were one of these cops forced to protect any of these corrupt buffoons, I would be seriously asking myself if Beck, Bratton or anyone named in the manifesto would be so willing take a bullet for me.

  • Kg6tig

    Shameful LAPD. Lets first call the LA Top Cop to step down. We tax payers paying for their ammunition to kill innocent people. To serve and to protect ? Yeah right. I don't think so. Mr. Top cop, please step down. I don't want to have another riot in the city

  • Mr E. Nigma

    The LAPD is a joke. I can't wait until they piss off the wrong gang banger, which will happen if they keep shooting people, than you going to see cops falling from everywhere, and Chris will be blamed for that also..All LAPD's fault that there officers have targets on them….

  • jules

    Noooooooo…..the citizens PAYED for a new truck for this women. LAPD had NO money. The money they have for ALL of their activities comes from your taxes.