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Newspaper Delivery Ladies Shot By LAPD In Dorner Manhunt See $4.2 Mil Settlement

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Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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So you're driving down the street delivering newspapers and all of a sudden police open fire on you without much if any warning.

You're wounded and your delivery truck is finished. What's your damage? You get a new truck, sure. But there's a lot of medical treatment and emotional stress. Here's what it's worth:

$4.2 million.

That's according to what the City Attorney's office told the Weekly today.

Two women were shot and wounded by LAPD officers guarding a fellow cop's home Feb. 7.

It happened about 5:20 a.m. in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in Torrance. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the truck had its lights off and was driving toward officers when they opened fire.

The law enforcers feared that ex-LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner, in the middle of a rampage against his former employer, had come to exact revenge on one of the department officials mentioned in his manifesto against the LAPD.

An LAPD official told us at the time:

Apparently the truck was similar to a description that was put out there. They were driving down the street, threw something out the window, and that prompted the OIS.

It was just two ladies delivering the Los Angeles Times. They survived.

[Added at 11:14 p.m.]: Here's the City Attorney's statement on the settlement:

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich today announced that a $4.2 million settlement has been reached to compensate two women mistakenly injured during the Christopher Dorner manhunt. The settlement was reached between City Attorney Trutanich and Glen Jonas of Jonas & Driscoll LLP, to settle any injury claims by Margie Carranza and Emma Hernandez. The pair will receive $2.1 million each.

"I am pleased that a fair settlement was swiftly reached in order to resolve any outstanding claims," said City Attorney Trutanich. "In reaching this settlement, we hope Margie and Emma will be able to move on with their lives, the city will be spared millions of dollars in litigation expense and time, and this unfortunate chapter of the Dorner saga will be put to rest."

In March 2013, City Attorney Trutanich reached a separate settlement with the women for $40,000 in order to compensate them for property damage to their truck during the manhunt. The details of today's settlement will now need to be ratified by the Los Angeles City Council.

Deputy City Attorney Geoffrey Plowden worked with City Attorney Trutanich in reaching a resolution in this matter

-With reporting from LA Weekly staff writer Gene Maddaus.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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