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Sketch of Peninsula Peacock Killer Released

Redondo Man whom Torrance Police Shot in Dorner Manhunt Settles Lawsuit

David Perdue had filed an excessive force complaint.

Torrance police investigate the shooting of David Perdue's pickup truck during the hunt for Christopher Dorner. Patch photo credit: Nicole Mooradian.
Torrance police investigate the shooting of David Perdue's pickup truck during the hunt for Christopher Dorner. Patch photo credit: Nicole Mooradian.

A lawsuit brought by a Redondo Beach surfer who claims he was shot at and his car rammed by police officers during the manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner has been settled, according to court papers obtained today.

David Perdue's excessive force complaint, lodged in federal court in Los Angeles, alleged that two Torrance police officers rammed his pickup truck with their police vehicle and fired without warning as he drove to the beach before work on Feb. 7, 2013.

A court notice said Perdue settled with the city of Torrance and Officers Brian McGee and Erin Sooper. Details of the settlement were not announced.

None of the bullets struck the 39-year-old Perdue, who had previously been stopped and cleared by other officers, according to the lawsuit, which was filed after he failed to reach a settlement with the city.

Perdue says he suffered a concussion when his truck's airbag opened and has lingering physical and emotional problems as a result of what happened to him that day.

Authorities said Dorner killed four people --  a Riverside police officer, a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy and the daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiance -- during a rampage fueled by his anger over being fired from the Los Angeles force several years ago.

The disgruntled ex-cop's remains were found inside a burned-out Big Bear cabin after a shootout with law enforcement, culminating a nearly week-long manhunt for the fugitive.

--City News Service


Wolfman June 06, 2014 at 09:09 PM
I hope his settlement was enough to make a statement to the Torrance police department
Henry Xavier June 08, 2014 at 01:51 PM
yea your right on this one wolf man…. However i think Torrance Captan should also be held responsible civilly too.
kelly June 07, 2014 at 10:46 AM
It did turn out kinda Keystoney didn't it.
Genv Erac June 25, 2014 at 09:44 AM
so I still am at a loss as to why they rammed his vehicle and shot at him? does he look similar to the guy they were searching for? or was it just his vehicle matched the description of the one Dorner was said to be driving? if you ask me, this sounds like the cops really had no clue as to who exactly the manhunt was focused on, and instead targeted a vehicle that had a similar description as the one the suspect was driving. so you have 2 cops driving around Torrance and suddenly they spot a vehicle matching the one of the armed suspect, so instead of taking steps to further identify and confirm this s the wanted fugitive. they just take it upon themselves to ram the vehicle and then fire shots at it without knowing for sure this is even the one being sought. yep that sounds like real fine police work...if you were the keystone cops that is..lol

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