Woman shot by LAPD during Dorner manhunt still ‘scared, panicked’

Crime scene tape surrounds a pickup truck in which two women were shot by L.A. police while delivering newspapers.
(Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
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One of two women mistakenly shot by Los Angeles police during the hunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner earlier this year says she is still afraid of police.

Margie Carranza, 47, told KNBC-TV (Channel 4) she is “scared, panicked” months after she and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were shot.

Carranza and Hernandez were hurt when a Toyota truck they were driving on a Torrance street was repeatedly shot by LAPD officers in the early morning hours of Feb. 7. Dornan had been described driving a Nissan


The women, who were delivering the Los Angeles Times in a quiet suburban neighborhood, had unknowingly driven down a street that included the heavily guarded home of an LAPD captain named by Dorner, a former L.A. cop, in an online manifesto airing his grievances against law enforcement.

Carranza ended up with superficial wounds while her elderly mother was hit twice by bullets in the back and neck, their lawyers say. Both have recuperated physically.

Hernandez said in Spanish, “I have no problems.”

The pair recalled how police unleashed a barrage of gunfire at them that morning and that Carranza yelled in Spanish and English, “I’m the woman who delivers the L.A. Times!”

Hernandez was in the rear seat of the truck and hunched over to cover her daughter, who was driving.

The LAPD replaced their truck and the city paid them $4.2 million as part of a settlement.

Then-City Atty. Carmen Trutanich bluntly stated the city wanted to get the case, which has been a black eye for the LAPD, behind it as quickly as possible.


“Hopefully this will put an end to the Dorner saga once and for all,” Trutanich said. He said the agreement was a “no-brainer because the costs were going to skyrocket,” if negotiations dragged on and the case ended up in court.


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