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Los Angeles to pay $4.2 million to women shot at in Christopher Dorner manhunt

FILE - This Feb. 7, 2013 file photo law enforcement officers look over the scene of an officer involved shooting where two women were wounded after being misidentified by LAPD officers during the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner. The city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement on injury claims by two women, Margie Carranza and Emma Hernandez, who were hurt when police mistakenly opened fire on them during a manhunt an official said Tuesday April 23, 2013. AP Photo/Chris Carlson,File

Law enforcement officers at the scene where two women were wounded by police during manhunt for ex-LA police officer Christopher Dorner, February 7, 2013.
AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File
(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles will pay out $4.2 million to a mother and daughter who were injured by police in the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

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Police mistakenly opened fire on Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, while the two were delivering newspapers around 5 a.m. on Feb. 7. LAPD officers guarding the home of a target named in an online Dorner manifesto shot at least 100 rounds at their pickup.

Hernandez was shot in the back and Carranza had minor injuries. The money will be spilt evenly, with $2.1 million going to each woman, said Frank Mateljan, said a spokesman for the city attorney's office.

The settlement, which must still be approved by the Los Angeles City Council, means the two women cannot pursue any future injury claims against the city.

Attorney Glen Jonas, who represents the women, called the settlement amount fair and said it spared the city from defending a case that involved eight police officers and would have likely cost millions of dollars.

"For them, the money is not the issue as much as (the city) just doing the right thing," Jonas said. "Everyone agreed that they were wronged, but we didn't know whether responsibility would be assumed ... It's pleasant to get that done without having to go through years of litigation."

The eight officers remain assigned to non-field duties pending an internal investigation.

Dorner had vowed warfare on Los Angeles Police Department officers and their families for what he called an unfair firing.

He killed four people, including two law enforcement officers, during his nearly one-week run from authorities, which ended with his death in a shootout and fire in a mountain cabin.

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