Thus the manhunt …
Each of the women struck this morning were hit once, one in the hand and the other in the back, amidst a hail of at least 30 rounds fired at them in their vehicle, by a protective detail assigned to one of Dorner's proclaimed targets. The vehicle was acting suspiciously in that it was driving slowly down the street in the suburban neighborhood with its lights out, much like … well, someone delivering newspapers.
A second shooting shortly thereafter occurred nearby, by officers from the Torrance Police Department. In that case, no one was listed as injured.
In both cases, officers opened fire on vehicles that resembled the truck driven by Dorner.
The first lesson to be learned by these separate but related shootings is that if you are driving a blue 2005 Nissan Titan, then for the time being pull over, park it and walk away.
The second is to remember that if you are one of those people who only rely on a 911 call and the prompt arrival of police to protect you, consider the fact that police, no matter how well trained, are imperfect people. Any large mass of people assembled for whatever purpose must contain within their ranks some noted aberrations, and that must include police. (And yes, the military as well, as I know from a wide-ranging career with an enormous selection of otherwise dedicated and honorable professionals, along with a few in the eccentric category.)
Dorner clearly is well off the scale in this regard. But other police who will react as they did in the above situations must give us pause to consider just how these things can go down. Ponder also how the notorious 'fog and friction of war' affect these sometimes split-second decisions.
Remember also a recent instance in Manhattan, when two NYPD officers responded to a fatal shooting on the street in the business district during working hours. They arrived on the scene quickly, saw the perpetrator walking into a building, followed him into the lobby and confronted him. The perpetrator drew his weapon and they opened fire. News reports were quick to report that nine bystanders were wounded in the exchange. The embarrassing news that came out later was that the perpetrator didn't get off a shot – all of the bystanders were wounded by the multitude of stray shots from the police.
I am a big fan of the police. I work with law enforcement practically every day and the vast majority of them are great folks. But always remember that you are ultimately responsible for your own protection, and act accordingly.