Dorner Sent Anderson Cooper Bullet-Riddled Coin

NEW YORK — CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said Christopher Jordan Dorner, the ex-cop who police say has killed three people, sent him an LAPD gold coin shot through with multiple bullet holes.

Cooper said his office received the package from Dorner on Feb. 1, but only became aware of its existence Thursday.

cooper-coinThe coin was wrapped in duct tape, labeled “Thanks but no thanks Will Bratton,” in apparent reference to the former Los Angeles police chief. The coin was engraved with Bratton’s name.

Bratton told Anderson the coin was “a Challenge Coin” –- a personal coin that he gave out to officers enlisted in the military and heading overseas “as a token of respect and good luck.”

Bratton said he did not recall Dorner nor “the specific set of circumstances for which I fired him.”

“I could understand his grievance directed toward me in my capacity as chief of police,” Bratton said. “But a lot of police officers get discharged, and none of them resort to the actions that this young man has taken.”

Also in the package was a DVD and Post-It note.

In pictures shown on the show, the Post-It note reads, in part: “I never lied! Here is my vindication. Evans kicked the suspect.”

The DVD, Cooper said, contains testimony that appears to corroborate Dorner’s claims.

The note appears to be in reference to an incident that led to Dorner’s firing from the LAPD.

Dorner alleged that he had witnessed his law enforcement partner, Teresa Evans, kick a mentally ill man while he was handcuffed.

Investigators concluded there was no truth to Dorner’s claim. A discipline board found that Dorner had lied about the incident and fired him.

As day turned to night Thursday in Big Bear, authorities confirmed that a door-to-door search for Dorner was underway after his vehicle was found burning on a forest road.

San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon said officials matched the VIN number on the burnt truck to that of Dorner, 33, the subject of an intensive hours-long manhunt that stretched across Southern California.

Big Bear Lake Fire Department Asst. Chief Mark Mills told The Times that fresh tracks spotted in the snow were believed to be Dorner’s.

McMahon declined to reveal details about what was inside the truck or how it caught fire, but said authorities had confirmed Dorner was not inside.

He did not discuss which direction Dorner might have traveled.

The mountain community has a total of about 400 homes, of which authorities guessed only about 40% are occupied year-round.

Extra patrols were brought in to check vehicles coming and going from Big Bear, McMahon said, but no vehicles had been reported stolen.

“He could be anywhere at this point,” McMahon said. When asked if the burnt truck was a possible diversion, McMahon replied: “Anything’s possible.”

Dorner had no known connection to the area, authorities said.

Television footage showed a fatigue-clad SWAT team combing the woods, rifles pointed, and the truck being towed away. Federal authorities later ordered media helicopters away from the area.

McMahon called Thursday a “sad and tragic day for all of us in law enforcement.”

Several law enforcement agencies are involved in the manhunt for Dorner, and alerts have been issued all across California and in Nevada.

The Los Angeles Police Department had dispatched units across the region to protect at least 40 officers and others named in a rambling online manifesto that law enforcement officials attributed to Dorner.

Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008, is suspected of shooting three police officers, one of whom died, in Riverside County early Thursday.

He also is suspected of shooting and killing a couple in Orange County earlier this week as they sat in a car. One of the victims was the daughter of a former LAPD captain named in the purported manifesto.

Dorner is believed to be carrying multiple weapons, including an assault rifle.

-Matt Stevens, Kate Mather, Andrew Blankstein, Joseph Serna, Robert Lopez and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times

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83 comments

  • Justified

    The cops who shot those civilians need to be arrested TODAY. Not tomorrow. But everyone knows they will walk which is why so many have lost respect for law enforcement.

    I want someone to justify why our local law-enforcement look like wannabe soldiers. The pictures they show could be from any nation under a tyrannical regime.

    Back off the 2nd amendment. If you disarm the paramilitary aka local law-enforcement then you can TALK to us about our rights under the 2nd amendment. As long as the police are armed and there are bad apples in the force, we as civilians should be as armed as they are.

  • chip

    yeah , well , killing any one is bad news i say . SAID bad thing happen to good people . make me think The daughter shot as well as her to be husband, {AKA law daughter} would know this well if she had not had a bad dad . but seem he was. . if you are the bad . and practices this it will bring harm to the good , dead daughter could of had a better father . as he brought harm right to her. some people give crap less on collecting on the wrong to them if it come in way of getting back , I all ways say fastest way to a married man's is threw his family , same as . a child to there mother , cops have used MOTHER. to turn on SAY dope dealers by way of taking there kids away if did not give up , dealers . over just a small amount . take from family to get what they want . cops set my brother and myself up . with no real crime . of event such as . and all most got away with it , thank god the out come did not Happen . for the life scenting, offer ,to us with there .dishonest try . so i do know first hand that ALL branch of police . kind are on the take . and keep as one saying word we are family . so hard Right guys when it out and some one take action . like this man is and running scare killing who might be some one mother . like the shooting in the truck with the two women. did they have kids . might had but did that matter WELL yes it did the kids are not WORKING with each other like the bad cops do hell look at the movie 'training day based on the . . L/A scandals. we have seen bad cop before . and we still do know Only ur kids are dead due to it . so yeah Make it right . like i am sure you will And kill some more officers children . as you not going to change by this just find a way to hide it from People . Better stop might be some one one the inside of the police department. you just will not get away with it as you find out now . be a better cop or not a cop at all never know who is looking

  • thibkaboutit

    Remember people, you will only get the reward if Dorner is "arrested & convicted".

    Since LE will make sure he's dead before he's arrested, the reward is just a carrot they are dangling.

    It was just a ploy to get YOU to do their dirty work.

    Instead of housing all those threatened in the manifesto in ONE place and guarding that ONE place, THEY have put their neighbors and immediate community throughout Southern California at risk of being shot. Not by Dornan but by the very nervous and trigger-happy LE protective detail that we taxpayers are footing the bill for.