Search for Dorner Resumes in Big Bear; Irvine Police Process Truck

IRVINE (KTLA) – Southern California remains on edge Saturday morning (Feb. 9) as the manhunt continues for ex-LAPD officer and triple murder suspect Christopher Dorner.

UPDATE Saturday afternoon 3pm

The search continued Saturday at 7 a.m. in the Big Bear area.

There are approximately 50 law enforcement officers searching the forest area and doing additional door to door checks.

There are several additional patrol units throughout the Big Bear Lake community.  Two helicopters are assisting in the search efforts.

The search is expected to continue until nightfall and resume again in the morning, if necessary.

More than a hundred officers searched in and around Big Bear Friday in difficult, snowy conditions.

The burned-out pickup truck belonging to Dorner that was recovered on a mountain road in Big Bear is now in the hands of Irvine police, being processed and searched for clues and evidence.

Meanwhile, new surveillance images of Dorner have been released.  The images are from video taken at an Orange County hotel, six days before the execution-style killings of Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance Keith Lawrence, a public safety officer at USC.

Police allege that Dorner also killed an 11-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department in a subsequent confrontation.

Police say Dorner is on a mission of revenge against the LAPD for his termination in 2009.  Among those Dorner blames for his firing is Monica Quan’s father Randy Quan, a now-retired former LAPD captain who represented Dorner during an appeals process.

Dorner also names some 40 other people against whom he carries a vendetta, in a rambling, chilling manifesto titled “Last Resort” that he posted on line.

On Friday, heavily-armed officers served a search warrant at the La Palma home of Dorner’s mother, and forensics experts removed large bags of evidence, searching for any possible clues as to Dorner’s whereabouts.

Through a blinding snowstorm in Big Bear, more than 100 SWAT officers on in ski masks and snow vehicles searched door-to-door at hundreds of cabins over eight square miles for any clues regarding Dorner.

But one FBI agent told KTLA News he does not believe Dorner is still in the Big Bear area.  There has not been any sign of him there since Thursday when his torched Nissan Titan truck was found.

Some experts believe the truck was used as a diversionary tactic to buy Dorner time so he could escape and hide elsewhere.

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85 comments

  • sky

    While the search in the mountains continues, a reward should be offered for his whereabouts if someone is harboring him somewhere else. I think the residents of Southern California, rich and poor, should chip in to fund the reward considering the suspect a domestic terrorist that came from the area. Dorner already killed three people and made death threats to many others. One million dollar reward or more can sway the harboring person(s) to turn him to justice.

    • Karen

      Because he's the hero LA deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A black knight

      • Stop

        Are you kidding? So because you support someone who murders innocent victims, you must have supported the SandyHook, Aurora Colorado, etc. killers. You're as disturbed and sick as he is.

    • rrfromtheoc

      I don't think so.. I think the citizens of So CA should stand up against the LAPD corruption this gentlemen is ridding us of…..

    • Nome chifles

      "Rich and poor, should chip in to fund the reward ". Why don't you do it yourself? You should know that 99% of the people are laughing at the police for this hunting, and criticizing them for what they get away with.
      His manifesto reveals just a proportion of the corruption inside the department. It's clear you are one of those afraid people will know the truth if he does not get killed soon.

      • Paul

        That's what we pay taxes for, so it is funded by the rich and poor alike. If you want to donate knock yourself it but leave every body else out of it.

    • ERNEST LO[PEZ

      YOU SAY LET US CITIZENS PAY TO FIND HIM BUT PART OF THE REASON HE IS DOING WHAT HE IS DOING IS EXACTLY WHAT SET HIM OFF IS THAT THE AUTHORITIES OR PEOPLE WHO ARE PAID TO KEEP US SAFE ARE REALLY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BREAKING THE LAW EVERYTHING THAT HE IS SAYING IS VERY TRUE BUT UNTIL VIDEO CAMERAS STARTED TO BE MORE COMMON IN EVERYDAY LIFE ALL OF THE INCIDENTS THAT HAPPEND WERE JUST LIES FROM CRIMINALS AND LOWLIFES WHO WERE GUILTY OF SOMETHING SO THE BRUTALITY WAS AND HAS BEEN A REGULAR THING AROUND THE HOOD. INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY IN THE HOOD SINCE I CAN REMEMBER IT GOES ON BECAUSE OF THIS WALL OF SIILENCE THAT THESE AUTHORITIES UP HOLD, WE US THE PUBLIC HAS TO BELIEVE THE POLICE" ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH" AND THERE IS HONOR.THE TRUTH IS THAT THIS MAN DID HIS JOB THE WRITE WAY AND REPORTED A OFFICER WHO OUTRANKED HIM AND WAS COMPLETELY ABUSING HER AUTHORITY AND HE DID HIS JOB WENT THROUGH THE PROPER CHAIN OF COMMAND TO REPORT THE INCIDENT AND WAS RUINED BY THOSE SAME PEOPLE BECAUSE HE DID WHAT EVERY PERSON WITH A BADGE SHOULD TAKE NOTES AND LEARN TO DO THEIR DUTY AND SERVE AND PROTECT INSTEAD OF VICTIMIZING THE PEOPLE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO HELP MAYBE WE ARE CHASING THE WRONG ONE

    • Denny

      While the search continues, a fund should be set up for Chris, who shed some light on the corrupt LAPD and LE all over the United States.

      • sea

        Uhhh…… sky, you want me to "chip in" because I live in Los Angeles? I think I'm already doing that paying for law enforcement. Do you want an extra bite out of your paycheck every time a violent felon in your area goes missing? How about the army or police "chip in" because they trained him? Maybe people could be charged a set rate that goes down the further away your actual house is from his? Don't be silly.

      • omaT

        Hes like Rambo. I dont feel threatened at all. The cops oughta pay the reward, after all, they are the ones that created this with their corrupt ways. Frankly, its fun watching them squirm for awhile.

  • Mike

    It's astonishing to me that the cops still believe he's even in California. They're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a day looking in what is sure to be the wrong place. This guy is trained in escape and evasion along with survival techniques. I bet this guy is hundreds of miles away from Big Bear. The cops are certainly hell bent on killing this guy before he blows the whistle again. If they find him, they will put a thousand rounds in him, he'll have zero chance to surrender. I'm just wondering how many cases of "mistaken identity" of innocent people that the cops shoot will be before this is all over. I pray not too many…

    • Guest

      I agree Mike this guy is nowhere close to Big Bear or LA . He didn't want anyone driving his well kept truck so he set it on fire and it also is a tactic to throw the cops off his trail to make them think he is still in the area. Someone picked him up after he set the truck on fire and most likely furnished him with a car or truck and there is no telling where he is headed. Somewhere someone will recognize him and alert police and they will catch him off guard and probable kill him on site. He can't very well walk around carrying an AK-47 or M-16 so the cops will have an advantage on him as far as firepower is concerned. He may think he is a brilliant military tactician but there are a million eyes out there looking for him and all of his "high value targets" are in a location he stands the greatest chance of being captured.

      • fkkk

        There are also a lot of eyes out there that would not turn him in. I have a pair. Good Luck Chris
        head towards NASF. Beck just needs to tell the truth, step down and hope to avoid Jailtime himself.

    • Sparky McBoing Boing

      A hero for shooting 2 unarmed people in a car that had nothing to do with his issues other than being related to someone? Who gives 2 squirts what his problem is. Anybody that this gu is a hero to is really stupid. Cops may be this and cops may be that, but he killed 2 young people for no reason at all. Nice hero.

  • George Hilbert

    "As a matter of public safety, we wanted to get that information out."

    That's the police for you. Always concerned for public safety.

    Now, if your daughter was shot, along with her fiance, and a police officer in an adjoining county, and the shooter had issued various threats against certain civilians, do you think the police organizations would have mobilized hundreds of SWAT team members and others in the search for him? I think not.

  • WeAreAllTargets

    To say that "we are not targets" is foolish. Do you think if you are nearby when he stumbles upon a target you will be safe? Killing cops to make a point is being a terrorist plain and simple. No one is safe as long as he walks the streets.

  • rrfromtheoc

    the days of talking points are here… the days of investigative journalism is gone… long live Hal Fischman…. news people today are just that… news people..

  • Nome chifles

    Why don't you do it all, if you are so sure about the honesty of the LAPD. Don't be cheap, $100 is just peanuts. If people are not chipping in for a reward is because they know how corrupt the department is. otherwise, this guy would be dead.

  • guest

    Wow I just don't see how people call him a hero when he kills people that have nothing to do with his problems. Like the retired Captian's daughter and boyfriend. And he waited all this time. Sorry to the familys that have lost their loved ones that had NOTHING to do with this. He is a murderer and thats that!

  • Tamika

    Chris, I hope you are far and long from Big Bear. Once the dust settles, you can do whatever you plan to do and expose some more dirt on those corrupt cops.

    Just don't kill no innocent civilians.

  • William

    Chris got SoCal LE crapping in their pants. I hope this incident reminds every copper out their not to disrespect people, especially innocent civilians. You never know what people will do when you treat them wrong. And in today's internet society, it is easy to find where people live.

  • Kaos_is_awesome

    If you read the Manifesto and are convinced of his skillset, how could ANY law enforcement member think he's still in BB?? If you torch a car, how much time do you think you have before it's noticed? 15min? You're gonna evade cops with a 15min head start on foot? Chris had a car waiting, set a timer on the truck and was probably off the mountain before one poof of smoke was sighted by LE.

    Corrupt cops getting what's coming to them…I am loving this!!

  • Vicente Fernandez

    All I know is that it seems that the cops want Chris dead and not alive. You have to ask why this is. Why isn't the "News Media" investigating why it seems the police shot the two ladies without any warning. C'mon KTLA, you guys are always bragging about you "Exclusive's" (that end up being meaningless tid bits of information usually) so why aren't you out there trying to blow the doors open on the whole story? We don't care about trickling rain in some random city, do some real work!

    • Stan

      Maybe the former Capt Quan should of thought about his family before he done wrong Chris. This goes to all cops out there. Plus the female Quan's bf was also a cop, so he's not innocent.

      • AintnuthinbutaGthang

        How do you know that Quan did Chris wrong?! We're you there? Do you have any evidence? No, I didn't think so!
        And how does Quan's daughters bf being a cop mean that he is 'not innocent'?! What did he do? And what actually makes any of us innocent/guilty?!
        You are a complete idiot!

  • J.Friman

    Nothing justifies murder, but the shooting of two women by LAPD is a disgrace. In protest we should all paint a message on our cars that says: LAPD Don't Shoot! I am NOT DORNER!

  • Jessica

    Sadly, once Chris has been shot up by the trigger happy cops, they'll start high-fiving and kissing each other. Then they'll take their time to process the crime scene to be "certain" that nothing has been missed. In reality, they are going to take their time for some OT and wonder which of the latest AR-15 they will buy to compensate for their insecurities.


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