LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Two officers who were being protected by the LAPD during Christopher Dorner’s alleged rampage spoke about being potential targets at a news conference Tuesday.
“For the first two to three hours I was in disbelief,” Sergeant Emada Tingirides said with her husband, Captain Phil Tingirides by her side.
“When you get a phone call and they tell you that somebody’s after your family, and within a very short distance of your home. They’ve already killed somebody else’s daughter. It made me sick to my stomach.” said Capt. Tingirides.
Between them, the couple have six children.
“We’d go in the garage and just cry, because we didn’t want our kids to see the anguish and the hurt that we were feeling,” said Emada Tingirides.
Phil Tingirides chaired the police disciplinary panel that recommended Chris Dorner be fired from the LAPD back in 2009.
Dorner blamed Tingirides for that and named him in his manifesto.
“Never ever did I think that somebody would go to this extent in their rage over the discipline that was handed out to them,” Phil Tingrides told the media.
The Tingirides family lived under 24-hour police protection for six days.
Oddly enough, they were offered a chance to get away from their home and stay in Big Bear, where Dorner eventually turned up.
The family says they spent most of their time in their home playing board games and not watching TV coverage of the Dorner manhunt.