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
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)

(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.

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Feb 8, 2013 5:17 PM CST
How do you shoot TWO by mistake? Do they have a shoot on sight order? Are they shooting every bald black guy in LA?
Feb 8, 2013 12:38 PM CST
Would a conceal and carry person legally be able to return fire at the police in this type of situation?
Feb 8, 2013 12:36 PM CST
Not to condone vigilantly killing police or their innocent relatives, but the points Dorner makes for doing all this are solid. Read the manifesto and see his main demand is that the LAPD conducts extensive investigation into corruption, abuse and incompetence of its force, including several names he lists with exactly where to find the evidence condemning them. The media will work with the police to paint him as a psychotic serial killer, and they might be right, but don't let this distract you from the real problems that caused this guy (and countless more residents of inner-city LA) to snap. The real irony being that after a man starts killing cops because they are ill-disciplined and incompetent they start blindly shooting every person driving the same car... Every police force must justify their jobs and keep a group marginalized in their claim of perpetually keeping the others safe, the LAPD being among the worst offenders. We must rethink the effectiveness of justice systems in this country, or at least our means of keeping officers in line.