Million Dollar Manhunt for Christopher Dorner

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A huge bounty is being offered for Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer who is suspected in three murders.

The LAPD is hoping that an unprecedented $1 million reward will lead to Dorner’s capture before he kills again.

“This is the largest local reward ever offered to our knowledge,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference on Sunday.

“Some may ask, ‘Why so large'” he continued, adding, “This is an act — and make no mistake about it — of domestic terrorism.”

“We will not tolerate a killer targeting our officers and their families, targeting innocent people,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa echoed.

Federal and local law enforcement agents are hunting the former police officer turned suspected killer and fugitive.

The LAPD has received over 600 tips from the public that they are following up on, Lt. Andy Neiman said at a news conference Monday morning.

A tactical alert that was declared on Sunday afternoon amid the manhunt for Dorner and providing security for the Grammys has been canceled.

In a tactical alert, officers can be held over on their shifts and do not respond to low-priority calls.

There are hundreds of officers working on the case, Neiman said.

No one has seen Dorner or his tracks since his truck was found in Big Bear last Thursday, sparking an exhaustive, days-long search.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department now says that it is scaling back its search in the Big Bear area.

At one point, the search had involved some 200 officers, but now the number is down to 30, sheriff’s officials said on Monday.

They are continuing to search vacation homes and government lease cabins in an even more remote area, with aerial support available if needed.

There have been no sightings of Dorner in the Big Bear area, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller.

Bear Valley Unified schools were open on Monday with additional security measures and law enforcement present, district officials said.

The schools had been closed on Friday as a precaution. The ski resorts in the area re-opened Friday after closing early on Thursday.

Meantime, there’s a new warning from the TSA that Dorner, 33, who is also a Navy reservist, may be able to pilot a plane.

The TSA says that Dorner received some kind of flight training while he was in the Navy.

Authorities are not sure about the extent of his flight skills, but they want airports and pilots to watch out for any suspicious activity.

The warning asks them to secure aircraft, verify cargo and passengers and keep an eye out for unknown pilots and personnel.

It also warns airport officials to be on the lookout for altered IDs and to report any aircraft thefts immediately.

Dorner has declared war on the LAPD, following his dismissal from the force in 2009 for allegedly making false claims about his training officer.

He is accused of killing three people, including the daughter of a retired LAPD captain and her fiance and a Riverside police officer.

Investigators are scrutinizing a conspiracy-laden manifesto published on what they believe was Dorner’s Facebook page.

It threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against police officers and their families, saying he had no choice but to kill to reclaim his reputation.

The LAPD has announced that it is reopening an investigation into Dorner’s dismissal from the department.

Beck said he was not reopening the case in order to appease Dorner, but to assure the public that the department is fair and transparent.

The new reward being offered may prompt even more tips and information surrounding the elusive murder suspect.

Police say they are following up on all leads, including a reported sighting at a Lowe’s home improvement store in Northridge on Sunday evening.

A SWAT team was called to the store near the Northridge Fashion Center around 5 p.m. after people reported seeing someone who resembled Dorner.

Employees and customers were evacuated and surrounding streets were closed, and officers checked all cars leaving the area.

Dorner was not found, and police have called it a case of mistaken identity.

Anyone with information on the case or Dorner’s whereabouts is asked to call the LAPD tip line at: 213-486-6860.

276 comments

  • guest

    A million dollars of tax payer money? Do you really think if someone shot members of anyone elses family they would offer that kind of reward? They have positioned armed guards at dozens of police officers houses. They would never do that for any tax paying civilian. If they are trained officers why cant they act like it and defend themselves?

      • PD corruption

        Definitely right, that is exactly what i'm trying to say. What a funny scheme of the government. The Police are legally armed and corrupted. And they make money out of tax payer, get the weapon to protect themselves and the regular citizens, build up a corrupted system to get money for themselves, and then use tax money to kill the people who are encouraged to stand up. THIS IS REALLY A GOOD BUSINESS, ZERO COST BUT HUGE PROFIT. WOW! US ECONOMY ACCOUNT OFF THEM NOW!

    • Tritan

      I know it maybe hard but try to look at the big picture. I know the LASD focused on victimology rather than thought but please try to think this one through. By the way If your claim to be a tax payer chances are you are not.

  • Robert

    Chief Beck, why stop at 1 million, how about 5?! It's not your money. Tax payers in Los Angeles are so screwed over by a situation they have no control over.

  • Justus

    They can offer that much bc this is all one big HOAX! He is the new osama bin ladin who search everywhere but no sign of him. The media is in on it, LAPD is in on it except the public they've got everyone fooled into believing this garbage. Its way too Hollywood if you ask me…

  • Liberatoscioli

    Is this reward for criminal felon cops as well?? …. and would that reward be on a cop to cop basis?

    If it is, California could be easily clear of all its debt and have well over 100 million to give back to the community!

    ….. and yes …. I am available for Governor.

    Richard Liberatoscioli
    richard.liberatoscioli@gmail.com

  • R_ Liberatoscioli

    I feel Christopher Dorner is the new foundation of a call to justice in this country now engulfed in epic criminal public corruption.

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

  • Frank H.

    Dorner is going to come out of this a winner because the LAPD have committed far worse crimes, at least in the eyes of the public.

    A corrupt police dept only means a failed community. Just look at Mexico and see for yourself!

  • guest

    I knew this type of dismissal wasnt isolated to Dorner. I've gone to other web pages Nbc, Fox etc. Other former officers have been posting they had similiar situations and got the same treatment. They arent happy about the murders or that Chris snapped but they respect him for speaking out about the LAPD. Sad to think it takes a situation like this to make the department rethink their practices and policies. Hopefully the FBI or state Marshalls office can oversee an investigation on LAPD and 'Chris's case' to see things are done properly.

  • George W.

    As long as Dorner kills only corrupt cops, no one in the general public would have a neef with him.
    The corrupt LAPD is now the hunted and this in itself creates a joy among the millions of people around the world, not just in LA.

  • PointLomaCalifornia

    LAPD ordered to pay $24 million in shooting
    December 15, 2012|Joel Rubin – LA TIMES

    A jury on Friday handed down a $24-million verdict against the Los Angeles Police Department for the shooting of a 13-year-old boy who was playing with a replica gun. His injury left him paralyzed.

    The award is believed to be the largest sanction ever against the LAPD for a single incident and perhaps the largest of any kind against the department. It comes as the LAPD is trying to stem the number of costly lawsuits brought against it.

  • guest

    Fox news has now obtained the taped testimony of the victim of abuse kicked in the face from Dorner's dismissal case. Although Lapd claim the man couldnt speak he most certainly did. Not only did he clearly say the female officer kicked him in the face he had the scar to prove it. Just another lie in the string of many lies told by Lapd. Dont think this will be so easily swept under the rug.

  • guest

    The State of California and City of Los Angeles need to clean house on the LAPD starting with Beck and get new leadership and people.

    • Liberatoscioli

      ……. same mistake! Getting rid of one criminal bum simply to be replace with another criminal bum is pointless.

      We must get rid of the criminal bums in the justice department first. And if a public servant is found corrupt in oath and duty …. you fire him without his pension.

  • Guest

    So the people making Dorner out to be some kind of hero must be the same kind of low life losers that he is. Was he wronged??? Maybe….but we are all wronged at sometime in our life and very few of us act out on that wrong by cowardly killing innocent people. Hes a loser and so are the morons that adimire what he has done.

    • Anonymous

      This goes beyond that to people….this isnt just about him and how HE was wronged. Hes making his point, although I dont agree with killing people. You think that if it was just him whos been wronged people would be making the comments they do on here. Hes getting exactly what he wanted if not more. Hopefully the LAPD can clean up and not make people feel this way.

  • guest

    California is broke but Beck can squeeze a million dollars out of taxpayers for this? Most would agree the money would be better spent on better pay and benefits including mental health care for LAPD's officers starting with junior officers.

    • LiarWatch

      False flag to instill fear, and garner more support for gun control? One thing is for sure. There will be no pay out. If someone gives them crucial information, they will probably just lie and say they already had it. It's my guess. I've been personally lied to and lied about by LIE ENFORCEMENT.

  • lou

    The LAPD should be ashamed for still promoting officer's that were involved in Rodney King beatings. Now this case is re-opened… how convenient….

  • MPJoy

    Why my comments are deleted? I just said Life is not always fair. I can understand why Dornor is angry but I do not agree the way he deals with the anger by killing innocent people. I pray no more killing from the both side. No more shooting also. May God bless us.

  • MPjoy

    Even though there are some problems within LAPD or their supervisors made mistake, but their family members do not deserve to die. There shall be a way to solve the problem. No more killing please.

  • LiarWatch

    1,000,000 would seem like an excessive amount of money, and tends to inculcate the public with the notion that Justice is For Sale, and that they will pay any amount to cover up their injustices, would it not?

  • guest

    Do you really think if a lower ranking officers daughter was shot and killed Chief Beck would be having this man hunt and offering a million dollars? Lower ranking officers are being put in the position to lose their lives guarding Captains, Chiefs and Lt's not other lower ranking officers and their families.

  • guest

    No one admires or thinks Dorner is a hero. Dorner was once a respected LAPD officer. We think he has problems and LAPD should have better Human Relations policies and help "their own". When you talk about low life losers who shoot innocent people you better included the group of 10 or so officers that shot the paper delivery ladies in the back and the commanding officers who ordered it.

    • KellyGx

      the vicious attack on the two hispanic ladies who were mistaken for officer Dorner will be swept under the rug. LAPD calculates a new pick up truck is simply the cost of doing business. LAPD infers this type of action is a minor incovience for the people involved

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