LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police accidentally shot two newspaper deliverers driving a pickup truck early Thursday morning in a case of mistaken identity linked to the search for Christopher Dorner.
The shooting occurred around 5:15 a.m. in the 19000 block of Redbeam Avenue when a patrol unit assigned to a protective detail identified a truck similar to that of Dorner’s. The officers had been assigned to guard the home in response to the suspect’s written threats to department officials in a rambling 20-page manifesto.
Police said the blue truck was driving down the street without its light on when the shooting occurred.
Two people suffered gunshot wounds and are listed in minor and stable condition.
“Tragically, we believe this is a case of mistaken identity by officers,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said.
A second officer-involved shooting involving Torrance police occurred around 5:45 a.m. on Flagler Lane, Cmmdr. Andrew Smith said. No injuries were reported in that incident.
Dorner is suspected of killing of two people in Irvine over the weekend. He’s also the suspect in the overnight killing of a police officer and critical wounding of another.