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Ex-cop manhunt: Lawyer calls shootings of paper carriers 'unacceptable'

By Los Angeles Times

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LAST UPDATED: 02:34 p.m. HST, Feb 08, 2013



An attorney representing two women who were delivering newspapers when they were shot by police during a massive manhunt for an ex-LAPD officer called the incident "unacceptable," saying his clients looked nothing like the suspect.

Emma Hernandez, 71, was delivering the Los Angeles Times with her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47, in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in Torrance on Thursday morning when Los Angeles police detectives apparently mistook their pickup for that of Christopher Dorner, the 33-year-old fugitive suspected of killing three people and injuring two others.

Hernandez, who attorney Glen T. Jonas said was shot twice in the back, was in stable condition late Thursday. Carranza received stitches on her finger.

"The problem with the situation is it looked like the police had the goal of administering street justice and in so doing, didn't take the time to notice that these two older, small Latina women don't look like a large black man," Jonas said.

Officials seeking Dorner describe him as black, 6 feet tall and weighing 270 pounds.

"We trust that the LAPD will step up and do the right thing and acknowledge that what they did was unacceptable, and we'll deal with it," Jonas said.

Television images from the scene of the shooting showed newspapers scattered alongside the blue pickup and in the bed of the bullet-ridden vehicle, which sat on the street for hours after the shooting. Jonas said the vehicle was also "the wrong color and the wrong model," compared to Dorner's.

Sources said the Los Angeles police detectives involved in the Torrance shooting were on protective detail for a police official named in an online manifesto that authorities say was posted to a Facebook page they believe belongs to Dorner.

"Tragically, we believe this is a case of mistaken identity," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters earlier Thursday about the shooting.

About 25 minutes after the shooting, Torrance police opened fire after spotting another truck similar to Dorner's at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street. No one was reported hurt.

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serious wrote:
Sure didn't take them long to get a personal injury attorney--they were probably lined up deep at the hospital. Did the police officers have background checks before getting their weapons??? See how dumb that attempted law is????
on February 8,2013 | 10:21AM
Skyler wrote:
Can't say that I blamed them one bit. Family probably called them - or else the daughter. She only had one finger w/stitches. Shoots, if i had a pickup truck that even remotely resembled the suspects' truck. I'd park it asap & freakin' hitchhike or something.
on February 8,2013 | 05:10PM
olos73 wrote:
Bunch of trigger happy police officers. Can't even get the right description of the vehicle, yet, they fired upon innocent people delivering newspapers. If you're in LA and a manhunt for a criminal is going on, better stay indoors because the police officers might mistakenly shoot you for being in the area. They'll shoot before they question. How can they mistake 2 women for Dorner?
on February 8,2013 | 10:45AM
NotNasti wrote:
They were looking for a grey Nissan, and shot at a blue Toyota. According to LAPD, the officers were understandably mistaken because all Japanese trucks look alike.
on February 8,2013 | 10:52AM
HOSSANA wrote:
No excuse the the unwanted shooting of these two newspaper carriers....women at that.....and spontaneously shooting at the pickup truck.. How stupid and asinine were those officers....this is one time a civil suit is justified and definitely warranted and I hope they sue the city for millions.....don't get me wrong....i am a strong supporter of law enforcement ...as my brother was a highly ranked officer in our dept. and my nephew is with the Fugitive Task Force but these shootings of the two civilians were uncalled for and there can be no justification, I repeat, no justification, at all for these shootings.
on February 8,2013 | 11:13AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Panic-stricken dumb cops ... shoot first ... check later.
on February 8,2013 | 12:06PM
bluemoki wrote:
They will say it was self defense.
on February 8,2013 | 12:27PM
juscasting wrote:
And who says you need to win the Loto in cali to become rich!
on February 8,2013 | 12:56PM
serious wrote:
Isn't that true! They and the attorney can retire in comfort.
on February 8,2013 | 02:12PM
rrkriete wrote:
Talk about scared and trigger happy!!!!! These cops should have had background checks before getting their weapons as well as eye exams and an xray scan for gonads.
on February 8,2013 | 01:10PM
hanalei395 wrote:
An ex-cop.....and cops......on a rampage.
on February 8,2013 | 01:25PM
McB0B wrote:
Why on earth did the protective detail for the police official named in this "manifesto" open up like that without even an attempt to identify themselves and effect an arrest? It's not the movies and cops don't usually make detective by making poor decisions in situations like this, so you can't help but be a little bit curious about the whole story, going back to what he got fired for.
on February 8,2013 | 02:48PM
sluggah wrote:
Stupid of the cops, but the lawyer is a bottomfeeder.
on February 8,2013 | 04:35PM
Skyler wrote:
You sayin' if your Mom & sister were shot by a cop for nothing you'd just let it go? Riiiiight. Bulls.
on February 8,2013 | 05:12PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Somebody wearing Blue and a Badge is in ...BIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG TROUBLE... In cases like this they are always looking for a scapegoat to give to the public and to shut 'em up. Hope when it's done we don't have another crazy ex-cop" to deal with
on February 8,2013 | 06:00PM
ehowzit wrote:
EVACUATION APPERTURES.
on February 8,2013 | 07:51PM
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