Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck pledged to provide a new pickup truck to Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71. They were injured in February while delivering newspapers in Torrance, Calif., when police riddled their blue Toyota Tacoma with bullets, mistaking the vehicle for the gray Nissan Titan Dormer was believed have been driving, the Los Angeles Times said Tuesday.
Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza was injured by broken glass.
Beck, calling the incident "a tragic misinterpretation" by officers working under "incredible tension," promised the women a new truck regardless of potential litigation.
Glen Jonas, the women's attorney, said they were offered a used truck, then a Ford car. They agreed to the truck, he said, but were informed it would be treated, for tax purposes, as a prize.
"After they shot my clients, this broken promise of a truck donation and the nonsense that followed is a slap in the face. They'd have to pay taxes like they won it on a game show," Jonas said.
He added the women have not been able to return to work because of their injuries.
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