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Dorner Charged with Murder of Riverside Officer – Chip Yost Reports

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Christopher Dorner has been charged with the murder of Riverside officer Michael Crain who was shot and killed while on duty last Thursday.

Riverside District Attorney Paul Zellerbach announced the murder charge,  with special circumstance allegations, along with three attempted murder charges at a news conference Monday.

Federal and local law enforcement agents are still hunting the suspected killer and fugitive.

The special circumstance allegations make Dorner eligible for the death penalty.

Zellerbach also announced a no-bail arrest warrant has been issued for Dorner’s capture, meaning he can be “apprehended anywhere.”

Crain, 34, was an 11-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department.

He was a member of the SWAT team and was also a training officer.

Authorities say he was training a 27-year-old officer when they were ambushed by Dorner while stopped at a red light at Arlington and Magnolia avenues.

Dorner’s three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer stem from allegedly shooting and critically injuring Crain’s partner and firing upon two Los Angeles police officers in Corona who were on protective detail.

Crain’s partner is expected to be okay.

One of the LAPD officers was grazed by a bullet on the head.

Crain was born in Anaheim and went to Redlands High School. He went to college for about a year before he joined the Marine Corps.

He served two tours of duty in Kuwait as a rifleman in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines.

Crain leaves behind his wife, a 10-year-old son and a young daughter.

There’s a growing memorial outside the Riverside Police Department, where people have been dropping off flowers and candles.

“I just want his family to know that this Riverside community, we all love our officers,” said well-wisher Jim Rovida. “They do a great job here.”

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grove Community Church in Riverside.

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