Reckless LAPD Officers in Dorner-Related Panic Shooting Identified

More than a year and half after the high-profile reckless shooting of two women in Torrance, the Los Angeles Police Department officers involved in that incident have finally been identified.

  • Sergeant I John Valdez
  • Police Officer III Jeff Faber
  • Police Officer II Jonathan Roman
  • Police Officer II Sergio Gramajo
  • Police Officer II John Hart
  • Police Officer II Marlon Franco
  • Police Officer II Geoff Lear
  • Police Officer II Deshon Parker

During the course of a manhunt for LAPD’s own Christopher Dorner on February 7, 2013, officers on a protection detail of an unnamed LAPD official’s residence in the 19500 block of Redbeam Street in the L.A. County city of Torrance opened fire on the back of a Toyota Tacoma truck, hitting its two female occupants, a mother and her daughter who were delivering newspapers.

The light blue vehicle had been spotted exiting a freeway and heading to the area of the residence that officers were protecting and was thought by police to match the description of Dorner’s 2005 gray Nissan Titan.

The two victims of LAPD’s shooting were later identified as 47-year-old Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother Emma Hernandez. Hernandez was shot in the back and Carranza received wounds to her hand. Their attorney claimed police “had no idea who was in that vehicle” when they opened fire and that nothing about his clients or their vehicle matched the descriptions given of Dorner or his truck. The two women were given no warning prior to being fired upon.

A neighbor said the truck was used everyday to deliver newspapers, and the women who used it kept their headlights off so as to not wake people up. According to their attorney, 102 bullets holes were found in the truck. The two women fortunately survived LAPD’s attack.

To this date, no criminal charges have been filed against the LAPD officers for the reckless shooting. In fact, they remain on the force, receiving full salaries from taxpayers.