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Riverside Officer Allegedly Killed by Dorner ID’d

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Police have released the name of the veteran Riverside officer who was shot and killed last Thursday, allegedly by Christopher Dorner.

Michael 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.

Crain’s partner, who was also struck by gunfire, is expected to be okay.

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.

-Wendy Burch reporting

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