David Perdue was driving in Torrance, headed to the beach to surf, when police officers mistook him for rogue cop Christopher Dorner and opened fire at his truck. The city has confirmed they are near a settlement in the civil lawsuit Perdue filed after the shooting.
The Redondo Beach man mistakenly shot at during the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner is close to settling his case with the city of Torrance.
NBC4 has confirmed through the city that David Perdue and the Torrance city attorney have reached a tentative agreement. Neither the city attorney nor Perdue's lawyer would comment until the deal is finalized.
Perdue was on his way to the beach to surf Feb. 7, 2013 when he was stopped by Torrance police officers on the lookout for Christopher Dorner.
He was cleared by those officers, but a second pair of officers rammed his car shortly afterward and opened fire on Perdue.
Perdue was not hit by gunfire, but his attorney said he suffered injuries from the incident that have prevented him from working.
In January, the two officers involved in the incident were cleared of criminal charges by the Los Angeles District Attorney, who said they were “anxious” and in a state of “panic" at the time of the shooting.
Perdue, who is white, was driving his black Honda pickup when he was stopped by officers looking for Dorner, a black ex-Los Angeles police officer who had promised to bring "warfare" to his former department's officers and their families.
Dorner was thought to be in a gray or dark blue pickup truck.
The same morning, two women delivering newspapers in Torrance were shot at by Los Angeles police officers also looking for Dorner. They settled in April 2013 with the city of Los Angeles for $4.2 million.