Lawyer Says Elderly Woman Shot During Dorner Manhunt Not Recovering As Well As Doctors Hoped
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 71-year-old woman who was mistakenly shot by LAPD officers during the manhunt for quadruple murder suspect Christopher Dorner is not recovering as well as doctors hoped.
Emma Hernandez was in the hospital again Wednesday for a possible infection, according to attorney Glen Jonas.
“I went to check on her yesterday evening and noticed there was some problem with the wounds. The family noticed also and got her to the hospital. It looks discolored, swollen… possibly infected. That’s the concern. By virtue of the fact that they decided to keep her overnight, that makes me even more concerned,” said Jonas.
Hernandez and her daughter, 47-year-old Margie Carranza, were delivering newspapers in Torrance around 5 a.m. Feb. 7 when officers opened fire without warning.
Hernandez used her body to shield her daughter and suffered gunshot wounds to her back.
Carranza was injured from flying glass.
Jonas counted 100 bullets at the scene.
In a news conference, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the officers thought the women’s royal blue Toyota Tacoma matched the description of Dorner’s dark-colored Nissan pickup truck.
“Tragically, we believe this was a case of mistaken identity by the officers,” said Beck.
The police chief later promised to get the women a new truck.