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Police: Shootings Case of Mistaken Identity

Two officer-involved shootings in Torrance may be related to the investigation of Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is suspected of killing three people.

Redondo Beach and other South Bay residents were awakened early Thursday morning by police sirens and a helicopter overhead responding to two shootings just inside the Torrance city limits.

Preliminary details suggest the incidents are related to the search for Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, suspected in the killings Sunday of Irvine residents Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence and the death Thursday of a Riverside police officer.

Torrance Police Lt. Devin Chase told the Los Angeles Times that neither incident involved Dorner, but were related to the investigation of him. Dorner is also suspected of shooting a Los Angeles police officer in a 1:30 a.m. Thursday shootout in Corona and killing the Riverside police officer on routine patrol in that city a short time later.

The first of the two Torrance shootings happened in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue at around 5:20 a.m., Chase said. Los Angeles police detectives wounded two people who were in a vehicle that reportedly matched the description of the one being used by Dorner.

"The LAPD officers assigned observed a vehicle matching the suspect's vehicle driving down the street with the lights turned out," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.

According to City News Service, Beck said officers wound up opening fire on the vehicle. Both people inside the vehicle were hospitalized. One victim was treated for a minor gunshot wound, while the second was being treated for two gunshot wounds, Beck said.

No officers were injured.

"Tragically, we believe this was a case of mistaken identity by the officers," Beck said.

Beck said the vehicle was being driven "in the area of one of our primary
protection details, one of the people that was under the most serious level of threat."

LAPD officers were protecting another officer named in the manifesto Dorner left behind.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the victims were women who were delivering newspapers, and one was shot in the back and one in a hand.

The second shooting, which involved Torrance police, occurred about 5:15 a.m. near the intersection of Flagler Lane and Beryl Street, across the street from the Redondo Beach city limits, according to Torrance police Sgt. Chris Roosen.

Roosen told reporters at a news conference that the officers were responding to a "shots fired" call when they saw the pickup truck.

"A Torrance Police patrol unit occupied by two officers encountered the black truck, collided with the vehicle, and an officer-involved shooting occurred," Roosen later said in a news release.

"The person that was driving the shot vehicle was not hit," Roosen said, who added that the person is cooperating with police. The pickup truck was not the suspect vehicle.

Roosen did not know how many shots the officers fired.

Officers with the Torrance Police Department were talking to neighbors to make sure everyone is OK. No nearby schools—including Beryl Heights Elementary School in Redondo Beach—were put on lockdown.

The investigation is ongoing. The LAPD is investigating the incident on Redbeam Avenue, while Torrance police are in charge of the scene at the intersection of Beryl Street and Flagler Avenue.

"Members of the Torrance Police Department would like to send our thoughts and prayers to all law enforcement agencies, their families, and all innocent people who have been affected by Christopher Dorner’s actions," Roosen said.

—City News Service contributed to this article.

Kate Stonehedge February 07, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Trained? You expect them to be trained? Wake up and smell the coffee.. There's no money for training after paying the outrageous salaries and other perks for these guys. Just be really glad that your local cops didn't get involved, the body count could be a lot higher. Expecting "public servants" to actually "serve" is a really delusional idea.
Wolfman February 07, 2013 at 09:45 PM
law enforcement shoot first ask questions later and media hype is totally unacceptable and a waste of resources and my tax dollars
Kate Stonehedge February 07, 2013 at 09:50 PM
This is an interesting read. Doner's "Manifesto" .. some how the "journalists" never got around to even linking to it. I personally know more crooked cops than honest ones, by a huge margin. http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/uncensored-manifesto-from-retired-lapd-officer-christopher-dorner/ There is one little fix that every one should be demanding. No department or agency should ever be allowed to do it's own internal affairs investigations. Nor should they be done by sworn "law enforcement" officers.
Wolfman February 07, 2013 at 10:00 PM
I agree, these so called police officers should be fired for shooting these poor newspaper delivery ladies and others should sue all the police departments involved
Machlin February 07, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Hypervigilence and paranoia are signs of methamphetimine use. There have been drug busts within south bay police recently (in El Segundo). Are there procedures to automatically drug test all oficer involved shootings? I wouldn't be surprised if these officers were high on drugs.
Kelly Sarkisian February 07, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Are you the anti-cop ( till you need one) open carry person? I guess that's why you have emerged from under your rock. Don't be mad cause you lost open carry!
Ron Gee February 07, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Claude, Smokey is talking about news helicopters, not police ones.
Redondo Citizen February 07, 2013 at 10:16 PM
There were so many gunshots it sounded like Bonnie & Clyde out there last night!
maureen February 07, 2013 at 10:38 PM
2 blocks from my house- over 50 shots fired. A little excessive especially when they were shooting at a target that obviously wasn't shooting back. And the fact that helicopters were overhead for over 2 hours needs to be addressed. I understand the news needs "news" but this was disruptive.
Redondo February 07, 2013 at 11:05 PM
And a dead end street - 2 Asian girls shot at 50 times, and the cops miss - they mistake a large Blackman for 2 Asian chicks, open fire 50 rounds into a truck at a dead end and don't even hit the target... And most likely will be placed on admistrative leave with pay
Tim Sole February 07, 2013 at 11:14 PM
This is where the "RESPONSIBILITY" part comes in for all the Democrats out their. You have a super-majority, it happened on your watch, you own it. You cant run, cant, hide, cant deny. YO HO HO.......
Wolfman February 08, 2013 at 01:11 AM
they all should be fired for being reckless including the Torannce cops for ramming and shooting at a inocent driver but we all know they will try to cover it up no wonder this EX LAPD cop went over the edge
Tim Sole February 08, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Yo HO HO, Mr. Jack, cant handle the truth, Yo Ho Ho, it aint that hard mr. Jack, please mr. Jack just wasn;t thinkin mabe you wasn't thinking Mr. Jack. Isn't having full control of policy decisions fun, Mr. Jack Charles, MAN THE HECK UP and own your parties messes........
Smokey D Bear February 08, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Claude, I'm not anti PD and I donate when financially able to our RB K9’s (although I admit that there was many opportunities for lessons to be learned by the Torrance and LAPD today). I’m just frustrated with the lack of neighborhood respect these news helicopters have. The FAA should step in if our local & state officials continue to hover like these news helicopters.. Enough said!
Jane February 08, 2013 at 06:45 AM
LAPD is still in the neighborhood at 10PM. They MUST GO. They are reckless incompetents. We can deal with Torrance PD ourselves, but the LAPD MUST GO.
Jane February 08, 2013 at 06:47 AM
TO Kelly Sarkisian 2:05 pm on Thursday, February 7, 2013 Are you the anti-cop ( till you need one) open carry person? I guess that's why you have emerged from under your rock. Don't be mad cause you lost open carry! -WHAT SORT OF BLIND COP SUPPORTER ARE YOU? ENOUGH ALREADY. CHARLIE BECK hasn't even apologized for his COWBOYS.
Warren G. February 08, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Alright. The cops see a vehicle that looks wrong. Just open fire? What happened to calling in the plate#? What about watching the vehicle & wait for backup? 50 rounds? i doubt that. I dont think what they carry could hold 25 rounds each, but if they stopped to reload, then that makes things even worse. Wait too for the "settlement" that the city will have to pay out. Where's the money going to come from for that? Sure isnt gonna come from their retirement or the police pention fund. Sad for this to happen, especially the innocent victims starting with the Orange County couple, but no excuse for these cops going out of control.
Wolfman February 08, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Maybe Beck's Cowgirls ?
Mark Shoemaker February 08, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I heard that the area was being watched, there is an intended victim in the area. A neighbor called the cops and said she saw a car cruising without lights on. The cops went to talk to her, and as they were, a car then approached them. The neighbor ran inside, and as the car came closer something (a newspaper) flew out the window. Thats when the bullets started flying!! Reckless cop behavior - no excuse!!
Tim Sole February 08, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Jack, Jack, Jack, sure they do, if former President Bush, caused hurricane Katrina on his watch, President Obama and his crew caused this on their watch. See how twisted logic works.
Michelle Bruneta February 08, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Isn't this story ironic? I mean, in terms of the "message" that Dorner is trying to send about the police being corrupt... This case alone puts a little dent of truth to his statements. What happened to following proper protocol, waiting for him to shot first? Or even checking the license plate to even see if that was his car. But to just open fire for assuming that was him is beyond me. Two innocent women have been injured due to this-thankfully they are alive!
Bob Atkins February 08, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Torrance PD = Execution squad! This is the out f control police state that we live in! Shoot first and to hell with the consequences! The Torrance PD intended to kill Christopher Jordan Dorner - they were acting as judge, jury and executioner. While Christopher Jordan Dorner should be apprehended - exactly WHY do the police feel it is their RIGHT to simply execute him on sight! We should all be afraid - very afraid of our own police departments - you are witnessing the brutal animals that they are. Is it any wonder that Christopher Jordan Dorner can act the way he is - he went through the same training!
Hermosa. Gary February 08, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Stonehenge You. Have. A duty to. Yourself. And. Others. To. Out. Your. Corrupt cop. Friends. The. La. Grand. Jury. Will gladly record. Your complaint
Jack Charles February 08, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Looks like my previous comments were deleted. Oh well. I'll be nicer as I say, "Tim Sole is to logic as Fox "News" is to, well, news.
bobbik February 09, 2013 at 12:26 AM
This action needs to be addressed, No excuse can be made that justified the actions in Torrance.
Barbara Epstein February 09, 2013 at 07:02 AM
What does Obama have to do with this?
Mark Miller February 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Very sad about those two women in the pickup truck that got shot up. Not a good idea to drive around, weaving back and forth across the street with your lights off at 5am and not stop when the police try to flag you down, and then flick on your high beams and throw an object out the window at them when they're on high alert for a cop killer.... interesting how it gets skewed to police on rampage gun down two women for no reason. Man in pickup truck pulled over and questioned by police then released. Moments later, Second Police unit responding to shooting collides with pickup truck when truck failed to yield to police vehicle. Police believe that they are being rammed by the truck involved in the shooting. Air bag obscures officers view of the driver. Police fire 3 shots at vehicles windshield and demand the driver comply. Turns into "Man rammed by police and shot at with no warning or provocation." Not saying that these people had it coming, but I can understand how these unfortunate incidences took place.
Foo February 12, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Anyone else notice the article claims that the first shooting occurred at 5:20 am, and the second shooting at 5:15am?
joseph March 15, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Well its just funny Donner was against out of control cops and we have 2 incidents of gun happy shoot first ask question later cops. Anti cop no, anti getting shot by someone i pay to protect me yes. Do we know what happened to these guys are they in Jail for attempted homicide?
zz Baptiste April 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Redondo has a ton of dity cops and I know for 100 because I was married to one. These officers are nothing more than a gang. They terrorize and harrass all while breaking your civil rights. People u better wake up. They have throw away guns for christ sake and like I said I know.

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