Women mistakenly shot at in Dorner manhunt get $4.2M
NBC San Diego – The city of Los Angeles will pay $4.2 million to the two women injured when police mistakenly opened fire on their truck during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, a disgruntled ex-LAPD police officer who killed four people in a rampage that kept Southern California on heightened alert for days.
LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich confirmed Tuesday morning to NBC4 that a deal has been reached with Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez.
“The deal is relatively a very simple, very clean deal. It’s a win-win for both parties,” Trutanich said. “It closes this chapter in Los Angeles and LAPD history on all issues.”
The $4.2 million will be split between the two women “any way they want,” Trutanich said.
The shooting happened Feb. 7 about 5 a.m. as the pair was delivering newspapers in their Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in the Torrance area. Earlier in the day, two Riverside officers were ambushed in their police car, and authorities were on the hunt for Dorner and his Nissan Titan.
Hernandez, 71, was shot twice in the back and Carranza, 47, was injured by broken glass.
Glen Jonas, the women’s attorney, applauded the city attorney’s efforts in a news conference Tuesday afternoon. He believes the city would have spent millions more if the case went to litigation.
“If this case went to litigation it would cost the city a minimum of $5 million just with defense costs,” Jonas said. “And potentially – being conservative – maybe somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 million total.”
Hernandez and her daughter have not spoken publicly. They are said to be in good spirits, according to Jonas.
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