SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A man shot at by Torrance police during the search for ex-cop Christopher Dorner reportedly plans to take his case to court following a breakdown in settlement talks at a mediation hearing Thursday.
Torrance police opened fire on 38-year old David Perdue’s SUV on February 7, 2013.
Three rounds pierced Perdue’s windshield – narrowly missing his head – during the search for former LAPD officer-turned-serial killer Dorner.
His attorney says after the bullets stopped flying officers roughed him up by pulling him out of his vehicle.
Perdue claims he suffered vertebrae damage, post traumatic stress disorder and a concussion as a result.
CBS2’S Jeff Nguyen reports the case will now head to court after a settlement failed to be reached over the amount of money the city would pay Perdue and his family.
Perdue’s lawyer said Thursday his client hasn’t been able to work since the shooting.
“He was a baggage handler at LAX. He’s worked there for many years. His payout from this case is that he’s lost his health insurance. He’s lost his benefits. He’s lost everything,” Robert Sheahan said.
Sheahan would not name the settlement amount his client is seeking.
The city of Torrance would not comment, citing a pending legal case.
The city of Los Angeles announced a $4.2 million settlement in April in a seperate shooting involving a 71-year-old woman and her 47-year-old daughter who were fired on by officers who thought their truck was being driven by Dorner.
Authorities say Dorner 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 manhunt ended with his apparent suicide at a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains on February 12 following a stand-off with police.