Armed Suspect Barricaded in Pico Rivera Home; 1 Dead

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

33 comments

  • lacofortwenty

    This man losing his life is such a tragedy. Two tours in Kuwait, comes home to the USA, and is gunned down by a cold blooded killer while doing HIS job as a police officer. This is beyond description. It's just horrible, and extremely sad.

    My heart goes out to his family, his law enforcement family and his friends.

    I have a question. WHY post where and when this gentleman's service will be held? It's a "copfest" for Dorner. NOT a good move.

  • Scott

    Condolences to the Crain family & to the fellow officers of the Riverside Police Dept,
    Rest In Peace Officer Michael Crain.

    Get well soon wishes to his partner.

  • Lt Justice

    All cops are criminals with badges. Defend the 2nd amendment. It is the only way to defend yourself and not end up shot on sight by the government.

    • SicknTired

      Urgently seek an MRI of your upper intestines and maybe they can find your head. Until then, feel free to move out of this country to a land you feel safer and more secure in.

    • BelittledCop

      Exactly! He is less a threat to the community than LAPD. LAPD has shot 3 innocent civilians in this and they are supposed to be the good guys!

  • Interested

    Mr. Mayor, it is obvious which community is threatened, and thereby offering $1M, to protect itself from Doner. What are you willing to offer civilians as compensation when your police paramitary shoots first.

  • Flor

    For your info ( Lt. justice) their is more criminals in jail living for free. Free education, Free Medical, list goes on, on. I bet you you are one too. Ignorant like you should be educated. Were this country is going with people like that thinking is scary when you blame all or make an excuse for their faults. My prayers for the family and his little ones of the lost of a great service man. God be with you and your love ones Mrs. Crain.

  • Justus

    The picture looks photoshoped and where are the two wounded ladies or is it they still need time to cast the right actors to play the part.

  • april1233

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  • Guillermo

    How many of those cops will be attending the service and be getting paid OVERTIME? I can see the hundreds of cars and probably a thousand plus attending with a company vehicle on company time. This is also abuse. Attend the service in your own vehicle and on personal time. It is hard to root for LE when there is so much abuse.

    • Angelfan

      Are you serious? I would rather pay these officers to be there and support a brother than to see my taxdollars go to people who sit on their behind and collect a paycheck for doing NOTHING. Show some respect

    • Dnn Mnn

      One less threat off the street? Are you referring to Officer Crain? If you are, why don't you stick your head straight up your…….! A cop or no cop. It's a life that was taken moron.

      • james

        well war is an ugly thing but like i said i fell a little safer knowing Dorner is out there cleaning up the streets of thees thugs in blue

  • reality-check

    Would Beck or Bratton (or any of the others named in the manifesto) take a bullet for any of the LE pawns that are being used to protect them 24/7?

    Nope!

  • Guillermo

    Just another OT PAYDAY for law enforcement. Law enforcement is the biggest abusers of OT, workers comp, & disability, this a proven stat. I know numerous cops, and they all have a way of making these nominal injuries into major 6 month holidays. If you are a Law enforcement officer(LEO), you know it! Stop crying on how underpaid you are, because the cops that I know all earn close to 100k and many more than that. Don't ever give money to those police unions, You are empowering them to fight your city and there only interest is more benefits for cops.

  • april1233

    Don't believe what Screen name "NO adds here" says, This is a real website. My family in the Ukrain left me $6,698,555.00 in U.S. dollars and I need to deposit it into a bank of your choice, I will give you half when you give me your name, address, Social Security number and a credit card for the bank transaction fee of just $2,500.00. Thank you and God Bless you….

  • ...

    The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be.

    It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children.

    In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity.

    Frank Serpico

  • Reader2013

    Dorner may have just set the truck on timed fire on his own while he was somewhere else in the opposite direction as a diversion or he may have already committed suicide underground so that the LAPD will always be in fear.

    • Dnn mnn

      Nope, I believe this guy is no idiot. He's waiting for LAPD to let its guard down. They have already announced they are going back to normal patrol operations.

  • sayitagain

    Beck, Bratton and those named in the manifesto are protected and safe while placing their neighbors and their immediate communities in harm's way.

    The neighbors and communities are not threatened by Dorner, but by stressed out, nervous cops who are being forced to wear a target on their backs who have already gunned down innocent civilians.

    If I were one of these cops forced to protect one of these corrupt buffoons, I would be seriously asking myself if Beck, Bratton or anyone named in the manifesto would be so willing take a bullet for me.

  • april1233

    To Sandi…No No! it's vedy real, I will make you a good deal. just give your email and I will send you details. I only need your credit card # so I can give $3,349,277.50 1/2 the money into your visa account. God bless you my friend…

  • Cop Mom

    I am so sorry Mr. whatever his name is didn't have it in his DNA to be a police officer. Poor thing had to take out two restraining orders against two FEMALES because he was in FEAR of them, one a women he was married to for all of three weeks and the other a girlfriend. SO no wonder he couldn't walk the walk as a cop—COWARD that he is. Now for the comment that this is really for—
    I am so sorry a REAL MAN had to lose his life by the hand of a coward like this. God Bless ALL Law Enforcement Officers who protect us. Ignore the ignorant people you have been sworn to protect and serve.

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