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Los Angeles Residents Mistakenly Shot during Dorner Manhunt Receive $4.2 Million from the City

The famous "black and white" LAPD po...

The famous “black and white” LAPD police cruiser (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Margie Carranza and her mother Emma Hernandez were in the midst of their newspaper deliveries on February 7, 2013 when Los Angeles police officers fired around one-hundred shots at their truck. The ladies were driving a blue Toyota pickup that was mistaken for Chris Dorner’s grey Nissan truck. During the shootout, Hernandez was shot in the back and Carranza suffered injuries from the broken glass.

Chris Dorner became the target of one of Los Angeles’s largest manhunts after killing former LAPD Captain Randal Quan’s daughter, Monica and her fiancé Keith Lawrence, a campus police officer in a parking garage.

By the end of Dorner’s reign, he had killed one civilian, killed two police officers and wounded three, kidnapped two people, and then killed himself.

Chris Dorner had written out a manifesto on his social media sites that exposed his plans. He wrote who he was to kill and why. Dorner felt that his termination from the LAPD was erroneous and everyone involved was now at risk. Given his naval and LAPD background, he was someone to approach cautiously.

Police officers followed him up to house in Angelus Oaks, California where the final standoff was held. In the action, Dorner killed a police officer and himself, and the house was burned down in an effort to force him out.

After he killed Quan and Lawrence, LAPD and then the additional officers from San Bernardino County worked hard to end the terror as quickly as they could, and because of that, mistakes occurred. The desire to stop the panic turned into action being stronger than planning.

The women have been awarded a $4.2 settlement from Los Angeles on top of the $40,000 received for car reparations after the incident. Carranza and her mother are splitting the settlement, each receiving $2.1 million.

For any legal matters, contact an accident attorney today.

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Policeman’s Wife Shot at Officers, Claims She Did Not See Them

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Français : Police nettoyant le carrefour en vue du passage d’une manifestation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police officers are employed to keep us—regular civilians—safe from unwanted crime and harm. From speeding in the roadways to protecting us from psycho killers, an officer has an honorable duty to implement the law, protect rights, and keep citizens away from danger. But what happens if it’s another civilian causing danger to a policeman? The possibilities of suffering harm or danger are endless. Personal injury, wrongful death, and accidents can happen anywhere, at any time.

A couple years ago, in a house in Cypress, a woman fired shots at a few officers. This type of behavior is what endangers the lives of innocent people, causing regular people to become helpless victims. Sometimes causing personal injury can cause the pain and suffering of another individual. It is never acceptable to cause harm, and it would be smart to note that legal actions can be taken in cases where accidents, personal injury, and wrongful death occur.

The Oceanside police chief’s wife was found guilty on Monday, June 18 on five counts of assault for firing shots at police officers. She shot the gun from her Cypress home when officers had arrived after she had called 911. Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, could be facing a prison sentence of 62 years. She was charged with six felony accounts.

The event happened in the year of 2010 on Dec. 16. She claimed to have been in a dark and depressing time when she fired her husband’s service semiautomatic handgun. After being in her house, listening to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”, and taking prescription pills with her martinis, McCoy claimed to not have been thinking right. Before officers had arrived on her property, McCoy had called several of her friends to tell them she was sorry and to direct them as to which songs to play at her funeral.

When questioned, Brinda McCoy said she had alternated between the feelings of wanting to die and sleeping. During her confrontation with the police, she was said to have yelled for them to shoot her. It was when she crawled to her front door that the policemen shot her with a bean bag gun and arrested her.

McCoy has claimed that she had never meant to shoot the gun at anybody, especially at police officers. Her husband, Frank McCoy is the chief of the Oceanside police department. Along with being an officer, Frank McCoy was the former Councilman for the city of Cypress. Brinda McCoy is a nurse at a local hospital. The confrontation with the police happened after she had a fight with her 17-year old son and husband which resulted in the two male family members leaving her at the house.

Even if the person is under medication or had just been consuming alcohol, it does not give them the right to threaten or cause harm to other individuals. Personal injury and wrongful death is a serious crime, one that police officers work hard to prevent. If you have ever been injured in an accident or in a heated confrontation, call a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to assist you with your legal actions.


Four Dead, One Critically Wounded in Home Invasion

Home Invasion

Home Invasion (Photo credit: Jason Edward Scott Bain)

With no real motive or clear explanation in immediate reach, investigators are trying to understand what made a man enter a Sacramento home and kill four people. With four wrongful deaths on the suspect’s hands, questions of “What made him do it?” and “Why would he do it” are floating about. Many wonder whether the shooting was gang-related.

Purposely inflicting personal injury on a victim or causing wrongful deaths is never acceptable. The killing of an innocent life is seen as harsh and brutal, often as heartless. Dealing with the aftermath of an overwhelming injury or death event takes a heavy toll on an individual. Often victims and survivors will ask “Why did it happen?” and sadly, that question sometimes goes unanswered.

Gunfire was fired on Saturday night, June 9 in a Sacramento home as reports were called in to the police station. One man, the suspect, entered a residential home and shot at the people present. Police officers believe the attack to be a home invasion but could not confirm if that was the case since there were no signs of a forceful entry.

A husband and wife were killed during the shooting while their son confronted and shot at the home intruder. The suspect is currently in critical yet stable condition as of Sunday, June 10. The two other guests in the home were also attacked and shot. One victim in the shooting was critically wounded while four other victims were found dead. The husband and wife are believed to be in their 50s while another victim is said to be in the mid-20s. No other names or information have been released yet.

The last two bodies were removed from the home on Sunday night, June 10. About half a dozen rifles were also seen being carried out by crime scene investigators. The weapons were put in a police van.

Neighbors have claimed that they did not hear the shootings. One male claimed he thought he had heard fireworks but did not think anything of it. It wasn’t until the police arrived at the scene of the crime that neighbors realized something unusual had happened.

Gang violence has long been associated with the Hmong community. The husband who was shot and killed was known as a shaman, a faith healer, in the Hmong community.

While gang violence is very unnecessary, experiencing a wrongful death of a loved one is also a grievous and traumatic event to live through. The victims in this brutal home invasion were subjected to wrongful deaths by the suspect.

Home invasions, violence, and other personal harm should never be experienced by an individual. However, if similar instances do occur to you or a loved one, know that there are experienced law attorneys willing to fight on your side. There are Sacramento personal injury lawyers willing to help victims file a claim and fight the violence that was unnecessarily inflicted upon them. Don’t allow a wrongful death or personal injury get in the way of justice, consult with an attorney today.