Why did the LAPD do that, you ask? Because those two ladies were driving a truck, and so was wanted man Chris Dorner. This wasn't a mistake that anyone could have made, either. The two trucks were from different makers (Toyota and Nissan), different models, and, here's the big one: different colors. Carranza and Hernandez were driving a blue truck. Dorner's truck was charcoal gray. Apparently no one else in L.A. was driving a truck that day, because that's all it took to get your vehicle riddles with bullets.
So they put a hundred or so bullets in something like this:
Given that little mishap, the payout is a win-win. Glen Jonas, Carranza and Hernandez' attorney, told NBC4 that avoiding a trial saved the LAPD millions of dollars:
"If this case went to litigation it would cost the city a minimum of $5 million just with defense costs," Jonas said. "And potentially – being conservative – maybe somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 million total."
Dorner was later caught and killed in a shootout, presumably by officers who could tell blue from gray.