LAPD Officers Won’t Face Charges After Opening Fire on Delivery Women During Dorner Manhunt

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Eight Los Angeles police officers who mistakenly opened fire on two Los Angeles Times newspaper delivery women thinking they were rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner in 2013 will not be criminally charged, the L.A. County district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Investigators collect evidence on Feb. 7, 2013, after police officers opened fire on a pickup truck in a case of mistaken identity, wounding two women who were delivering newspapers. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

Investigators collect evidence on Feb. 7, 2013, after police officers opened fire on a pickup truck in a case of mistaken identity, wounding two women who were delivering newspapers. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

The officers opened fire in the predawn hours of Feb. 7, 2013, as Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, were slowly cruising though a Torrance neighborhood in a pickup truck delivering papers.

Police were in the area protecting a person believed to be targeted by Dorner. The officers thought the women's truck matched the description of Dorner's vehicle. Both women survived the shooting.

“Given the totality of the circumstances, the available admissible evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that [the officers] did not act in self-defense and in the defense of others or that they were not justified in acting to stop a person who the officers believed to be a fleeing felon,” a memo to the LAPD explaining the decision by the district attorney’s office said.

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