In Manhunt Frenzy, LA Cops Shoot 2 by Mistake

Victims were in truck similar to one driven by the suspect

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2013 12:25 PM CST

(Newser) – Police in LA are on high alert as they hunt for a man accused of killing an officer, wounding two others, and vowing to wage "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" on the LAPD. Here's how high the alert: Officers opened fire in two separate incidents on trucks matching the description of the suspect's vehicle, reports the LA Times. They were wrong on both counts, however, and two of the occupants are in the hospital with unspecified injuries.

Ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner is also suspected in a double homicide over the weekend, and police say he wrote a rambling manifesto in which he promised to hunt down police officers, reports the AP. "We're asking our officers to be extraordinarily cautious just as we're asking the public to be extraordinarily cautious with this guy," says a police official. "He's already demonstrated he has a propensity for shooting innocent people." Click for more.

Police respond in Riverside, Calif., early Thursday, after one officer was killed and another critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect.
Police respond in Riverside, Calif., early Thursday, after one officer was killed and another critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect.   (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)
This photo released by the Irvine Police Department showing what is believe to be the car of  Christopher Dorner.
This photo released by the Irvine Police Department showing what is believe to be the car of Christopher Dorner.   (AP Photo/Irvine Police Dept.)
Former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner. is shown.
Former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner. is shown.   (AP Photo/Irvine Police Department)
Law enforcement officers look over the scene of an officer involved shooting in Torrance. The shooting is believed to related to the manhunt for fired Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner.
Law enforcement officers look over the scene of an officer involved shooting in Torrance. The shooting is believed to related to the manhunt for fired Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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