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Torrance cop who shot wrong man during Dorner manhunt must be IDed

David Perdue is still waiting to find out the identity of the Torrance police officer who opened fire on his truck.
November 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
During the height of the manhunt for fugitive ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, the Southland was on edge. Several people were mistakenly shot and wounded by police.

Wednesday, nine months later, one of those victims made his case to a judge.

David Perdue is still waiting to find out the identity of the Torrance police officer who opened fire on his truck, apparently mistaking him for murder suspect Dorner during the manhunt in February.

Wednesday, a judge ordered the city of Torrance to provide the name in the next 30 days.

Perdue spoke out for the first time about his injuries and losing his job as a baggage handler at LAX.

"I've got really bad back stiffness and back aches, a popping in my shoulder, and mentally having a hard time struggling through life, period, and sleeping and trying to raise my family is really difficult at the moment, so mentally and physically I'm trying to recover from everything, but it's been tough," said Perdue.

During the manhunt, LAPD officers shot two women. The city of Los Angeles settled shortly afterward for $4.2 million.

The city of Torrance offered Perdue $500,000, an amount his lawyers call absurd.

Summer Bridges, the attorney representing Torrance, says she can't say much about the case, referring questions to the city attorney's office, who told Eyewitness News no one was available to comment.

"This hearing today was basically just a hearing to get dates, to proceed forward with the litigation process and hopefully be able to resolve this matter," said Bridges.

Perdue and his attorneys say they're willing to settle for a larger amount, or they'll go to trial in August.

"We urge Torrance to settle this case, make us a reasonable offer, take care of this man, take care of his wife, take care of his two little kids," said Perdue's attorney, Robert Sheahen. "They don't have a breadwinner, and they don't have much to live on right now, and what Torrance has done to him is absolutely outrageous."


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