A $40,000 check for a new vehicle was delivered Monday to an attorney representing the women whose truck was riddled with bullets by LAPD officers during last month's manhunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, city officials said.
City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said in a statement the tax-free payment would cover the cost of the pickup and other property. The deal was announced Thursday — several weeks after the women were promised a new truck, and two days
after they publicly complained through Jonas that they had not received a
"I am thankful that this matter could be resolved in a quick and efficient manner," Trutanich said in a statement Monday. “The settlement negotiated by my office for the damage done to the truck was the legal and morally right thing to do both for the individuals involved and the taxpayers of this city."
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Officials stressed that this deal was to compensate the women for the
loss of the truck and is separate from any discussions regarding
potential litigation involving the LAPD shooting incident in Torrance.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had pledged to provide the truck to Margie
Carranza, 47, and her
mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, who were delivering newspapers in Torrance
on Feb. 7 when LAPD officers fired repeatedly on their blue Toyota Tacoma.
Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza was injured by broken glass.
The officers were protecting the home of a high-ranking LAPD official
named in a threatening manifesto authorities said was written by
Dorner, and they believed that official could have been a potential
target. Dorner at the time had already killed the daughter of an LAPD
captain, her fiance — a USC police officer — and a Riverside police
officer, officials said.
Dorner was believed to be driving a gray Nissan Titan and there was a
crime broadcast preceding the shooting that said a truck matching
Dorner's was in the area.
Beck called the shooting "a
tragic misinterpretation" by officers working under "incredible tension"
hours after Dorner allegedly shot police officers. He promised to
provide a truck from a donor regardless of potential litigation by the
The women's attorney, Glen Jonas, said last week the women were first offered a used truck, then a
non-four-wheel-drive Ford to replace their four-wheel-drive Toyota. The
women also had to agree not to sell it for a year. His clients agreed to
that truck, he said.
But then the dealership and LAPD officials said the truck would be
considered a prize for tax purposes, Jonas said. "Essentially, they'd
have to pay taxes like they won it on a game show."
Jonas said the situation has been compounded by the fact that the women haven't been able to work since being injured.
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Photo: Police officers protecting a high-ranking LAPD official from fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner fired
on this blue Toyota Tacoma, injuring two women delivering newspapers. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times