Friday, February 8, 2013
I saw a local news report on this incident yesterday. There is a former LAPD officer who has said he will kill those he things are responsible for his termination. There is an LAPD captain who lives in Torrance. Torrance PD was providing security for him at his home with officers in marked units. At about 4 am a pickup truck matching the description of the suspect vehicle was seen driving toward the captains house on the wrong side of the street with the headlights off.
Officers made a traffic stop and ended up firing 15+ rounds at the vehicle. There were two women inside delivering newspapers. Both were only slightly injured, one was treated and released and the other was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No indication as to why the officers actually started shooting but certainly a circumstance that would make officers very nervous.
The women appeared to be Hispanic so perhaps they did not speak enough English to comply with the officers orders and their actions appeared threatening in the low light conditions and stress of the circumstances. Probably an opportunity for the city attorney to fill a dump truck with cash and dump it on their lawn. Be sure of your target before you shoot, that's what the SGT Says.