The Los Angeles Police Department will provide a new truck to two women who were accidentally shot at by police officers during the manhunt for ex-cop and suspected killer Christopher Dorner, an LAPD representative said Saturday. He noted the truck would be purchased using money from donors.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck met with the two women the same day, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On Thursday morning, LAPD officers mistakenly opened fire on Emma Hernandez, 71, and her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47, as they were sitting inside their blue Toyota Tacoma. The truck was riddled with bullets, Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza was injured by broken glass.
Beck has called the accidental shooting “a tragic misinterpretation” and said the officers responsible for it had mistaken the women's truck for a Nissan Titan driven by Dorner, the L.A. Times reported.
"The family appreciates that Chief Beck apologized on behalf of the LAPD," said the women's attorney, Glen T. Jonas.
As the L.A. Times noted, however, neither the apology nor the offer of a new truck precludes the possibilities of either a lawsuit or a negotiated settlement in this case.
Meanwhile, police are carrying out an extensive manhunt for Dorner in at least three U.S. states and Mexico. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve as well as the LAPD, he is considered extremely dangerous by officials on the lookout.
On Thursday afternoon, police found Dorner’s destroyed pickup truck near Big Bear Lake, roughly 80 miles from Los Angeles. They believe he may be in the mountains nearby.
Dorner was fired by the LAPD in 2008 for allegedly making false statements about his field training officer, who he accused of kicking a suspect. He appealed the action.
Police recently discovered a multipage manifesto centered on Dorner’s termination via his Facebook account.
The L.A Times noted Dorner mentioned retired LAPD Capt. Randy Quan -- the father of Monica Quan, one of his three alleged shooting victims -- in the online posting.
According to the manifesto, Dorner was disgruntled due to the fact he felt Quan and others did not fairly represent him at an LAPD review hearing.
“Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will lead to deadly consequences for you and your family,” Dorner wrote, referring to Quan and others. “There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep.”
He added, “I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours.”
In the document, Dorner threatened violence against other police officers: “The violence of action will be high. ... I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.”
Dorner’s last known address is in La Palma. He is described as a 6-foot-tall African American who weighs about 270 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.