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LAPD Officers Shoot 71-Year-Old Emma Hernandez While Searching for Christopher Dorner
A 71-year-old woman and her daughter were shot on Thursday when six Los Angeles Police Department officers mistakenly fired upon their vehicle believing it belonged to alleged cop killer, Christopher Dorner.
Emma Hernandez and her 47-year-old daughter, Margie Carranza, ultimately survived the onslaught, but both are understandably still shaken up about what happened.
On Friday, the pair’s attorney told reporters that his clients received “no command, no instruction, no warning” before bullets hit their newspaper-delivery truck.
According to Glen Jonas, his clients are still contemplating legal action.
"They had no idea what was going on. They're huddling, covering up and praying and hoping they're not going to die."
Hernandez was shot in the back; Carranza suffered a hand injury.
How did the LAPD respond to this horrific accident? By saying that what happened was a case of mistaken identity and giving the pair a new truck. It goes without saying that there will also likely be a substantial financial settlement between all involved before everything is said and done.
The police officers who shot at Hernandez and her daughter were looking for a dark gray Nissan Titan, not a blue Toyota Tocoma. Either way, though, even if the cars had been an exact match, police protocol doesn’t call for firing upon vehicles sans warning.
"They still have to give the guy an opportunity to surrender. You can't just execute him," the lawyer said. "It's in these high-stress situations where you follow your training and they violated every piece of training they ever received."
The LAPD officers who fired upon Hernandez and her daughter were all put on paid administrative leave.
"Thank God they didn't die. It's a miracle they didn't," he said. "If it was a movie, you wouldn't believe it."