SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) – A man mistakenly shot at by police during the manhunt for ex-police officer Christopher Dorner entered into mediation talks with attorneys for the city of Torrance Thursday.
David Perdue, 38, was mistakenly shot at by Torrance police on Feb. 7 when officers rammed his pickup truck and then opened fire, according to his attorney.
Officers had been deployed across Southern California to protect people named by Dorner as possible targets in his manifesto.
Police believed they were actually shooting at the double homicide suspect and ex-police officer who launched a deadly vendetta against the Los Angeles Police Department.
Torrance police have said they took immediate, necessary action due to the life or death circumstances of the investigation and the fact that Perdue’s truck matched the description of Dorner’s.
Perdue’s attorneys said police were trying to kill their client and need better training.
They wanted to know how police mistook a 160 pound white man for a 270 pound black man.
The department said the truck’s airbag deployed, blocking officers view of the person behind the wheel.
Perdue’s attorneys described the actions as unbridled police lawlessness.
Perdue reportedly suffered injuries in the collision, but wasn’t hit by any bullets.
The Torrance police chief apologized to Perdue, offered him a rental car and payment for his medical expenses, according to reports.
Perdue’s attorneys pointed out that two women who were mistakenly shot at by LAPD officers in a similar incident settled their case for $4.2 million.