At least two bystanders were shot by police officers in the search for suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner.
Dorner is a former cop who is suspected of murdering three people and shooting several more. He posted a manifesto online, detailing his fight against the LAPD.
The Huffington Post reports that officers with both the Los Angeles and Torrance police departments were responsible for shooting the innocent bystanders.
The shootings took place on Thursday morning when two different vehicles were spotted that matched the description of Dorner’s getaway car.
The first incident occurred at 5:20 am when LAPD officers shot two people who had not connection to Dorner. The second incident happened just 25 minutes later when Torrance police shot at a similar vehicle. No injuries were reported.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck spoke during a press conference on Thursday morning. He acknowledged that police shot innocent bystanders during the manhunt. Beck stated:
“One has a minor gunshot wound and is in the process of being released. The second person is in stable condition, with two gunshot wounds. Tragically, we believe this was a case of mistaken identity by the officers.”
The Los Angeles Times notes that Torrance police Lieutenant Devin Chase added, “Now it appears neither of them are directly related. In both of them, officers believe they were at the time.”
The California Highway Patrol has issued a “blue alert” for nine Southern California counties. Dorner is believed to be driving a 2005 blue or gray Nissan Titan with a California license plate. The officers targeted in Dorner’s manifesto are currently under security protection.
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