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City Signs Off On $4.2 Million Settlement With Women Hurt During Dorner Manhunt

LOS ANGELES ( — The City Council has signed off on a $4.2 million settlement with two newspaper delivery women who were fired on by officers in Torrance during the manhunt for accused killer Christopher Dorner.

Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, had reached a settlement with the city in April after filing claims for personal injuries, legal costs, medical bills and emotional damage.

The council approved the payout by a 10-0 vote on Wednesday, according to City News Service.

The multi-million dollar sum will be split between Carranza, 47, and her mother, 71.

The women were delivering newspapers around 5 a.m. on Feb. 7 when officers opened fire on their Toyota Tacoma without warning.

Hernandez used her body to shield her daughter and suffered gunshot wounds to her back. Carranza was injured from flying glass.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck later said the officers thought the truck was being driven by Dorner who was wanted for killing four people, including two police officers, during a rampage fueled by his anger over being fired from the LAPD several years ago.

The officers who fired on the blue Toyota Tacoma pickup mistook it for the gray Nissan Titan Dorner was driving. About 100 bullets were fired at the vehicle.

In March, the City Attorney's Office agreed to pay the women $40,000 to replace their bullet-riddled pickup.

City officials initially tried to give the women a new pickup but the idea was rejected when the women learned they would be liable for about $10,000 in taxes.

Dorner killed four people, including a Riverside police officer, a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy and the daughter of a former LAPD captain, during a rampage fueled by his anger over being fired from the LAPD several years ago.

After Dorner made public his manifesto, the LAPD deployed officers around the region to guard high-ranking officers that Dorner might target.

The body of the disgruntled ex-cop, who died from a self-inflicted shot to the head Feb. 12 after the week-long manhunt, was found in a burned-out cabin in the San Bernardino County mountain community of Angelus Oaks, where he was cornered by law enforcement officers after being flushed out of a cabin in Big Bear.


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