Manhunt: Newspaper carrier, 71, in ICU after being shot by police
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A 71-year-old woman delivering newspapers with her daughter remained in intensive care Thursday night after she was shot twice in the back by Los Angeles police detectives during a massive manhunt for a fugitive ex-LAPD officer, according to the womens’ attorney.
Emma Hernandez was delivering the Los Angeles Times with her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47, in Torrance early Thursday when police officers apparently mistook their pickup for that of Christopher Jordan Dorner, the 33-year-old fugitive suspected of killing three people and injuring two others.
Hernandez was in stable condition late Thursday.
The officers riddled the women’s blue pickup with bullets in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue. Carranza was also hit, according to attorney Glen T. Jonas, and received stitches to a 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.
Dorner is black, 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds.
Jonas said the women’s vehicle was also ‘the wrong color and the wrong model’ compared to Dorner’s.
‘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.
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,’ Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, told reporters earlier Thursday about the shooting.
-- Ari Bloomekatz
Police investigators work around a blue pickup truck riddled with bullets in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in Torrance after a police protection team fired on it Thursday. The officers were protecting the neighborhood in the wake of threats against a fugitive ex-cop. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times