LAPD Pays $4.2 Million To Mother & Daughter Whose Truck They Mistakenly Shot 100 Times

by
Owen Poindexter
The LAPD paid mother and daughter Margie Carranza (47) and Emma Hernandez (71) $4.2 million as an apology for shooting around 100 rounds of ammo into their truck while they were delivering newspapers in the L.A. area.

The LAPD paid mother and daughter Margie Carranza (47) and Emma Hernandez (71) $4.2 million as an apology for shooting around 100 rounds of ammo into their truck while they were delivering newspapers in the L.A. area. Hernandez was shot in the back, and Carranza was injured by shattering glass. The two women are traumatized by the incident, which took place in February, but satisfied with the settlement.

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.
 
One more time with visuals. The LAPD was looking for something like this:
 

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.

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