Ex-LAPD Officer, Christopher Dorner, Accused of Killing 3

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A massive manhunt is underway for a former LAPD officer and Navy reservist believed to have shot three officers on Thursday, killing one of them.

Dorner is also wanted in connection with a double homicide Sunday in Irvine, where the daughter of a retired LAPD captain and her fiance were killed.

The California Highway Patrol had issued a “blue alert” for nine Southern California counties early Thursday, indicating that Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, was “armed and extremely dangerous.”

Shortly after 9 a.m. that alert was broaddorner-and-chiefened to the include the entire state.

Local, state and federal authorities are involved in the search for Dorner, who threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against police in an online manifesto.

The search intensified early Thursday after three police officers were shot in Riverside County, including one fatally, and Dorner was identified as a possible suspect.

The first shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. in Corona, where two LAPD officers were providing protection for someone named in Dorner’s manifesto.

The officers were approached by a citizen who directed them to a vehicle matching the description of Dorner’s Nissan Titan pickup.

They responded to where the vehicle was parked and saw an individual who fit the description of Dorner.

The suspect vehicle sped away, and the officers followed as the vehicle entered the 15 Freeway near Magnolia Avenue.

The suspect then opened fire on the officers with a shoulder-type weapon (like a rifle) while they were in their vehicle, LAPD officials said.

The officers took cover and returned fire. One officer suffered a graze wound to the head and was treated at the scene. The other officer was not injured.

A short time later, two Riverside police officers were shot while on routine patrol in a marked unit near Magnolia and Arlington, police said.

The officers were stopped at a red light when they were ambushed.

They were not actively searching for Dorner, according to Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint.

Both officers were taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where one was pronounced dead.

The other officer underwent surgery Thursday morning and was listed in stable condition.

As authorities swarmed the area, two officer-involved shootings occurred in Torrance after police came across vehicles they thought might be Dorner’s.

The first incident happened around 5:20 a.m. in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue.

It involved detectives from the LAPD’s Hollywood division.

Two women delivering newspapers in Torrance were shot by Los Angeles police who were guarding an officer named in the manifesto.

The women, shot in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, were taken to area hospitals, Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said.

One suffered a minor wound, and the other was struck twice and listed in stable condition, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters.

“Tragically,” Beck said, “we believe this is a case of mistaken identity.”

The second incident, which involved Torrance police officers, occurred at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street about 5:45 a.m.

No injuries were reported in that incident.

Meantime, prior to the shootings early Thursday, police believe Dorner tried to steal a boat from an elderly man around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Point Loma Yacht Club in San Diego.

The boat owner reported being accosted by a man who tied him up, threatened him with a gun and said he wanted the boat to flee to Mexico.

But a rope got tangled in the propeller while the suspect was trying to start the boat, rending it inoperable.

The suspect fled the scene and the boat owner was not hurt.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday, a wallet containing a badge and the ID for Dorner was found near Lindbergh Field, not far from the scene of the attempted boat theft.

It was found along Harbor Drive by a passerby and turned over to police. It wasn’t immediately clear what agency the badge represented or it it was legitimate.

Earlier in the week, on Monday, items reportedly belonging to Dorner were found in National City, including what’s being described as police gear.

The items were impounded and claimed by Irvine police on Wednesday as part of their investigation.

Dorner was named by Irvine police on Wednesday night as the suspect in the double murder of Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiancee, Keith Lawrence.

In the online manifesto, Dorner had specifically named Quan’s father, former LAPD captain Randy Quan.

Randy Quan apparently served as Dorner’s representative in the process that ultimately led to Dorner’s dismissal.

Dorner was fired in 2008 for allegedly making false statements about his field training officer, who he accused of kicking a suspect.

In his online postings, Dorner said he suffered from severe depression and was filled with rage at the people who forced him from his job.

He said he didn’t mind dying, because he had already died when he was fired form the LAPD.

Law enforcement sources said police have placed security at the homes of L.A. police officials named in the manifesto and believe Dorner has numerous weapons.

Dorner’s last known address is in La Palma. He is described as a 6-foot-tall African American who weighs about 270 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call a tip line at (714) 724-7192. If you see Dorner, you should call 911 immediately.

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  • kevin

    the LAPD are a bunch of cowards anyways. They try to cover up everything they do. Glad to see someone has the balls to give them a taste of their own medicine. I know he shouldnt be "killing the innocent" but the LAPD have been getting away with it for years. You cant even drive areound the area in a blue truck right now without being shot at.

  • Stella

    Suicide By Cop. There is no way this guy will allow himself to be arrested and taken to jail. Very sad for all the families he has effected and his own. He needed Mental Help a long time ago. And now he is on a mission of destruction. Again very sad.

  • robert

    Hope this man 'goes down'. Blow his leg out, let him live to enjoy a lifetime in prison. He does not deserve death, the ultimate escape.

  • Paul

    Why won't the news tell the people why he is doing this. You need to tell that the police are still corrupt and still racist. Now aim not saying kill people but something needs to change the system. Or is the news agencies protecting the police and their illegal acts.

  • jay

    you reap what you sow, did the LAPD think they were immune to blow back from all of the lives they ruin on a "routine" basis, bout time someone ruffles their feathers, as a man of God, "I walk without fear for I know I walk in the light of the path of righteousness" why are the so-called righteous members of the LAPD so worried?
    But seriously is there nothing else going on in the whole city?

  • agentzer007

    Clear evidence here that the problem with guns is not law abiding citizens, it's the nutcases and criminals, neither of which are affected by gun control legislation.

    Background checks, required training and renewable registration might not be a bad idea though. That might help to get a few more of the nutcases uncovered, but the jury's still out on whether that'll be effective.

  • Truth

    I read the manifesto and what he states is true! Something needs to be done. All police officers abuse their power and take advantage of the fact that they could get away with anything. They are no longer working to serve and protect. Everyone is scared of them and we shouldnt feel like this about law enforcement. About 90 percent of officers are corrupt and Im glad they are all in terror because of this guy just like us civilians live in terrorof the police.

  • mike

    LAPD running for cover. Lol. They are such fools. In certain instances you have to root for the bad guy for exposing the incompetence that these officers exhibit on a daily basis.

  • James

    One of the main reasons for these misfit cops is affirmative action instituted long ago where hiring standards were relaxed and or eliminated to accommodate minorities and fill quotas. As a result, many stupid and unqualified people were hired like Rafael Perez and this Dorner idiot.

    • Guest

      You are an idiot. Standards were lowered because people with stable backgrounds, no criminal records, and high intelligence have become harder and harder to find in our society. Society has lowered its standards.

  • snobuny

    Such a nice smile. Too bad that he is suffering from "office politics." I understand his anger, but not his actions. I pray for the families, and him.

  • Concerned Peep

    So sad that someone trained to" Protect & Serve"… not to mention that we are all taught to go to the police for help. Do the PD give personality & mental tests especially after being on the streets then going overseas? Anyone can snap. It's hard to believe that there was no signs the PD could pick up on within the 5 yrs. after his discharge. This man is sick & now hate is ruling his whole being. He won't be caught alive because he feels he has nothing to loose so pain & distruction is what he lives for now.
    I hope he is found before he can hurt any more innocent people but I fear he won't go down without a fight.
    I pray for the officers on & off duty. Everythime they get dressed they are targets for all kinds of nuts but to have one of your own with all his expert history is scary and sad.

    Concerned Peep

  • Lynn

    Romans 12:14:19-21: Dear friends, never aveng yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those who deserve it. (Don't take the law into your own hands.) Instead, feed your enemy if he is hungry. If he is thirsty give him something to drink and you will be "heaping coals of fire on his head." In other words, he will feel ashamed of himself for what he had done to you. Don't let evil get the upper hand but conquer evil by doing good. Romans 13:1-7 says "Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. For the POLICEMAN DOES NOT FRIGHTEN PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING RIGHT

  • jonathan

    If the LA police department is hunting him down, I am willing to bet he is the good guy in this situation and they are trying to silence him. I would not take this story to the bank without all the facts.

  • Cesar

    Wow I cant believe how many ignornant people are on here leaving comments. One said that Police should not carry GUNS….well then how else would they protect themselves from these savages and how will they protect you and the community.
    Some say we dont need cops…Wow really… so who to call when someone is breaking into your house or robbing your buissness at gun point….I hear people all the time talk crap about the Police, but as soon as they need the help…its yes sir, thank you sir, am I glad to see you sir.
    Dont be ignorant…Cops in Denmark might not have to display there firearms as much as cops out here….I dont think Denmark has the number of Gangs, Mafia, and cartel related issues as we do here. And for the one that said that atleast he's not killing innocent people and its great that he's killing cops…..He did kill innocent people, he killed the daugter of a retired cop….what did she have to do with this….you cant get any innocenter that that….even the boyfriend of the daughter was killed. The two cops that he shot….arent they innocent….they didnt fire him, they dont even know the guy.
    Think before you talk people, dont embaress yourself.

    • tonkinyachtsman

      The SCOTUS has ruled that the police are not here to protect you. If you call a cop when someone is robbing you at gunpoint it will be after the fact. Not everyone calls a cop to resolve their disputes.

  • i just sayin

    U know the PD r going to shoot him, he has one big thing against him, HE IS BLACK, so he has no chance at all….The LAPD hav been doing dirt for a long time, if its not on tv they did not do it, LAPD NEVER LEARN….BLACK HAV BEEN TREATED BAD IN THE PAST AN IN THE FUTURE …