A former Los Angeles Police Department officer,
clearly mentally ill and believing he had been wrongly dismissed
from the department after reporting a fellow officer for allegedly
abusing a suspect (she was ultimately cleared), posted an apparent
manifesto online before beginning a rampage that has left three
dead so far.His target list is huge and focused on law enforcement,
resulting in one huge manhunt across Southern California and Las
Vegas.It also, unfortunately, resulted in two cases of police just
opening fire on trucks that looked like the vehicle the
shooter, Christopher Dorner, had been driving.
The first officer-involved shooting happened at about 5:20 a.m.
in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in Torrance, according to the
L.A. Times. Two women delivering
newspapers in a truck were struck by gunfire by L.A. police
detectives from the Hollywood division. One woman was shot in the
hand and the other in the back, Jesse Escochea, who captured video
of the victims being treated, told the Times. Both victims were
transported to a hospital.
The Times describes the crime scene: “After the shooting, the
blue pickup was riddled with bullet holes and what appeared to be
newspapers lay in the street alongside.”
The second incident occurred at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street
about 5:45 a.m. and involved Torrance police. No injuries were
They had no connection to the case. We’ll see if any
disciplinary actions follow. That should be interesting, given a
huge chunk of Dorner’s diatribe was about how the police abuse the
citizens they’re supposed to protect. (Also, lots of arguments for
gun control – using himself as an actual example)The burned remains of
Dorner’s truck have since been found in Big Bear, a mountain
community east of the Los Angeles area known for ski resorts.