No Charges To Be Filed For Police Officials Who Mistakenly Shot Two Civilians During Christopher Dorner Manhunt
Jan 27, 2016 10:11 PM EST
A mother and daughter delivering newspapers were mistakenly shot by police officers during a manhunt for cop-killer Christopher Dorner back in 2013. However, it has been decided that not one of the eight Los Angeles police officials will not be charged in the mistaken identity shooting case.
In a report by Reuters, the mother and daughter were identified as 71-year-old Emma Hernandez and Margie Carranza, 47. Hernandez was shot twice in the back while Carranza suffered from hand injuries after flying debris hit her when officers opened fire on them last February 2013. Officials mistook their blue Toyota truck for the Dorner's gray Nissan that they were looking for. The two women did have a $4.2 Million legal settlement with the city.
Accordingly, the mother and daughter were in the same street delivering newspapers as where Dorner was said to be headed. Dorner, who shot himself in the head after a standoff with police, was a former Los Angeles police officer who was accused of killing four people including the daughter of a former Los Angeles Police Department captain, her fiance and a Riverside police officer, Bearing Arms reported.
Dorner was reportedly fired from his post then started the threats against police officers and their families. He threatened the family of another Los Angeles Police Department captain who lives in the area where the mother and daughter were spotted.
Attorney Gary Fullerton added in a statement, "They truly thought that they were fighting Chris Dorner at that moment. When they realized what they did, they all felt terrible ...." He added, "But at the time that they did it, they felt absolutely that they had to do what they had to do," Los Angeles Times reported.
Officials were then stationed at the home of the other captain threatened by Dorner and when the car of Hernandez and Carranza showed up, they started shooting.
Los Angeles district attorney, Jackie Lacey, said in a statement that there was not enough evidence that the eight officers did not act on self-defense or in the defense of others during the shooting thus no charges wll be filed to any of them.