The City of Los Angeles has announced a $4.2 million settlement with the mother and daughter newspaper delivery team mistakenly shot by Los Angeles police in search of former officer Christopher Domer in February.
71 year old Emma Hernandez and her 47 year old daughter Margie Carranza were shot by police just after 5 a.m. on February 7th after police mistook their blue Toyota pickup truck for the grey Nissan Titan pickup truck of a former LAPD officer wanted for the shooting deaths of multiple victims.
The two women were delivering the morning newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, through a suburban neighborhood when they unknowingly drove down a street featuring a house specifically mentioned by Domer.
Immediately following the ordeal, officials from the LAPD openly admitted their fault, calling the incident a tragic mistake. Police Chief Charlie Beck even met with the two women in person days after the shooting to personally apologize.
An extensive investigation was also launched into the conduct of the officers who opened fire on the mistaken truck. Dozens of bullet holes riddled the back of the vehicle, as well as buildings and trees in the surrounding neighborhood. At this time the investigation is still ongoing and all eight officers involved remain off patrol duties.
At the time of the incident, Carranza was reportedly in the driver’s seat with the window rolled down slinging rolled up newspapers at homes while her mother sat in the back seat rolled the next round. As the salvo of bullets reigned into their vehicle, Carranza suffered only minor injuries, cuts on both of her hands, though her mother suffered more substantial wounds. A bullet pierced her upper back and exited through her chest, narrowly missing her heart, and another glanced off her lower back.
Following the settlement announcement, lawyers from both parties were relieved to put the ordeal behind them. The settlement will now be sent to the LA City Council for approval, which is expected.
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