Former Neighbors: Dorner Was a Quiet Man

LA PALMA, Calif. (KTLA) — For the first time in a week, Christopher Dorner’s mother is back at her home in La Palma, the site of one of the first searches for evidence.

la-palma-houseThe home on Sharon Drive is Dorner’s last-known residence.

He lived there with his mother, 62-year-old Nancy Dorner, and sister, according to authorities.

Federal agents did a thorough search of the house last week for evidence as the manhunt for the former cop turned fugitive began.

They walked out of the house with about ten bags of evidence.

Neighbors say they rarely saw Dorner at the home, but when they did, he was usually lifting weights in the garage and would always say hello.

They also say that Dorner’s mother has always been nice and friendly.

“She was like grateful, she was just passing by and would say ‘hi’ all the time,” neighbor Raj Tailor said. “She’s a very quiet woman. I was shocked myself.”

So far, Dorner’s mother has remained inside the home and refused to speak to the media.

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34 comments

  • still disgusted

    KTLA why do you allow white birds to post this spam. His link is dangerous. If you can't protect your readers from this by blocking it, then I am out of here

  • From a Mom

    I think that its awful what Chris Dorner has done but have some compassion for his family. His mother has a long road of dealing with the aftermath of what her son has done. Im sure she is grieving as well as the rest of his family. Its not their fault give them some privacy.

    • Guest

      I agree, we as parents cannot control our adult children. My heart goes out to her and other family members. His actions will be felted for a long time to come. I can only imagine the emotional pain she is feeling right now.

  • TANIJA JONES

    IT'S SAD WHAT HAPPEN MY HEART GOES OUT TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS BUT NO ONE MENTION NOTHING ABOUT WHAT THE DORNER FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH EVEN THOUGH SHE OR ANY OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS CAMEORWARD TO MAKE A STATEMENT I THINK SOMEONE FROM HIS FAMILY SHOULD STAND UP SAY SOMETHING CAUSE SEEM LIKE NOBODY CARES WHAT THE DORNER FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH WOW SUCH A SAD CAUSE. WELL IT GOES WITH THE COLD WORLD WE LIVE IN COULD OF HAPPEN TO ANY OF US WE JUST NEED TO ALL COME TOGETHER AS A NATION SO SORRY MRS NANCY DORNER CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT U GOING THROUGH NOW HOPE YOUR SON NAME GETS CLEARED AND HIS DEATH WASN'T FOR NOTHING.

  • Guest

    When I switched on to KTLA news last night, it showed a reporter staked out in front of Dorner's mother's house. That is just horrible! Dorner has done horrendous things, but his mother just lost a son. Show some respect for the poor woman.

  • Jake49

    Quiet? Huh, yes but mentaly ill. Must be indifference from his mom. She was at a mexican restaurant eating tortilla chips and drinking white wine during the standoff. She even denied knowing him when asked.

  • joanne

    The one thing Dorner did do was show every cititzen in the USA that our police have gotten too powerful.

    LAPD – shot up 2 cars, people were innocent
    SB Police – caught on tape saying to "burn the house down".

    Police are to serve and protect, not search and destroy.

    • BeenonBothsides

      Let us go back to the fact that the PD and FD have a silent oath to protect each other and sometime even in the wrong.(Been there, done that and it does go on). I think they tarnished his good name and (even though wrong)he took matters in his own hand. I think what he said happen and the LAPD supported the officer that was in the wrong. REOPEN the case from 2004 and those that lied and kept the silent oath has to now live with the fact that they are still a part of each one of the deaths of these people. Dorner pulled the trigger but YOU set the train in motion! Who has the guts to really come out and say the "Silent Oath" is in effect. They will blackball you, leave you in dangerous situation and the list can go on and on. It all boils down to the fact oneday we all reap what we have sown and sometimes the sins of the fathers do visit the children. Let us all strive to do what is right to reap good seeds!

    • Lenaluvgus

      If we continue to let fear increase the authority of police, we will not so slowly become a police state nation. I connot imagine how the police thought it was allowable to shoot misidentified vehicles in the name apprehension. Now they have to pay for someone's home and for shooting at innocent people. There is a reason there are procedures. As was said they work for us not the other way around.

  • Joe Z

    LAPD should be blame for all the things that happened with regards to the killings. If LAPD would had handled the situation and addressed Christopher Dorners concerns earlier than sooner it would have not resulted to this. Chief Beck was busy grandstanding while the situation was escalating to abyss. Dorner unfortuantely, is a man that believes he was done worng by LAPD and thus will not settle for less. His mother and sister all did what a family suppose to do and try advised him to go on with his life after dismissal from LAPD. Obviously, Dorner was not buying any of his family's advise- "Bad things do happen to good people in this world" and Dorner sees that as a mythical ferry tale. LAPD needs to get their act togther as Christopher Dorner's recent uprising against the same Department has oppened up gateway for another disgruntled individual (Ex-employee or Ordinary Citizen) to declare war and start off where Christopher Dorner might have left off.

    • Olivia R

      Dorner seems to blame EVERYONE ELSE instead of himself!!! All I can say is Wow!, if everyone had the brain of Dorner we would all be dead. Almost everyone faces racism, discrimination in their Life! But you do not KILL people because of that.
      Since he was young he had issues, you mean to tell me his 'Mother' never knew these feelings he had. Innocent people passed away because he never took care of his "Mental State', he blamed people for him not having a family…really? Come on now, 'blame yourself'!!

  • Program

    I just hope that the wishes of of mr.Dorner gets answered…that the Investergation of the LAPD and his firing gets finished and the Media never let's up and follow the Case closely!!!Anderson Cooper you are the Man to do It!!!GO CNN!!!!!

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  • guest

    Unless you are a Parent you have no idea what the lady is going through…Hell I would have denied knowing him too knowing how evil and hateful people are!!!! PREJIDUCE!!!! who knows what would have happen if she would have said I am his mom!!! she could have gotten beat up anything and she is probably trying to seperate herself from the lying media and police and evil people out there and trust this is NOT the last time this type of tradgedy is going to happen the LAPD/SIGNAL HILL/ LONG BEACH as well as other's have corrupt police officers I hope none of you get caught on a lonely road no lights no one around you will see…

  • AMG_POWER

    Dorner will not the last. Society is choke full of arragant, selfish, losers, in positions they do not belong in. Teachers, politicians, police, managers, etc have the same type of people that created one monster, and now onto the next. Every time a cop behaves as if he is better than the person he just pulled over-Stage 1 right there. Every time someone tried to report wrongdoing and it is brushed over, yep another person is on this path. We do not know who this next person is, but we do know that everyone's breaking point is at a different level. The news is full of someone stabbing someone else, burning down their home, police brutality, etc. Nothing good is ever on the news because this society only wants the evils broadcasted out. The next person to go Dorner could very well be that person you just did something against.

  • Dan Cooper

    When growing up Ohio I would hear what could be best described as
    far fetched stories of LAPD misconduct etc…I chose to resign from my job as a deputy sheriff because of a health concern,then moved to Los Angeles about 10 years ago… Those stories became my reality as i was/am picked out of crowds as the person they want to
    question,search.
    100% of the time
    it ends with smiles/handshakes/releasing me…
    When they find out out im not a jungle bunny gangster,or a wetback knucklehead …my parents are from India lol.
    my point is…. The LAPD suck.They are the modern day SS. Also,other L.E. Depts out here are the same…

  • Chris

    All Dorner did was put a 100% verification on the reason he was fired. He may claim it was true story, but it goes without saying that he made up all the things he claimed had happened. He is a liar and he just went ahead and proved it. He DID hurt innocent people. He STOLE a car from two innocent women. He TIED up two innocent women just doing their job. He STOLE a truck from an innocent man. He tried to STEAL a boat from an innocent man. He CAUSED an innocent woman's house to burn to the ground. This man just went ahead and justified his firing from the LAPD. He probably convinced himself that everything he said was true. He was and forever now will be, a LIAR.