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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A massive manhunt is underway for a former LAPD officer and Navy reservist believed to have shot three officers on Thursday, killing one of them.

Dorner is also wanted in connection with a double homicide Sunday in Irvine, where the daughter of a retired LAPD captain and her fiance were killed.

The California Highway Patrol had issued a “blue alert” for nine Southern California counties early Thursday, indicating that Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, was “armed and extremely dangerous.”

Shortly after 9 a.m. that alert was broaddorner-and-chiefened to the include the entire state.

Local, state and federal authorities are involved in the search for Dorner, who threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against police in an online manifesto.

The search intensified early Thursday after three police officers were shot in Riverside County, including one fatally, and Dorner was identified as a possible suspect.

The first shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. in Corona, where two LAPD officers were providing protection for someone named in Dorner’s manifesto.

The officers were approached by a citizen who directed them to a vehicle matching the description of Dorner’s Nissan Titan pickup.

They responded to where the vehicle was parked and saw an individual who fit the description of Dorner.

The suspect vehicle sped away, and the officers followed as the vehicle entered the 15 Freeway near Magnolia Avenue.

The suspect then opened fire on the officers with a shoulder-type weapon (like a rifle) while they were in their vehicle, LAPD officials said.

The officers took cover and returned fire. One officer suffered a graze wound to the head and was treated at the scene. The other officer was not injured.

A short time later, two Riverside police officers were shot while on routine patrol in a marked unit near Magnolia and Arlington, police said.

The officers were stopped at a red light when they were ambushed.

They were not actively searching for Dorner, according to Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint.

Both officers were taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where one was pronounced dead.

The other officer underwent surgery Thursday morning and was listed in stable condition.

As authorities swarmed the area, two officer-involved shootings occurred in Torrance after police came across vehicles they thought might be Dorner’s.

The first incident happened around 5:20 a.m. in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue.

It involved detectives from the LAPD’s Hollywood division.

Two women delivering newspapers in Torrance were shot by Los Angeles police who were guarding an officer named in the manifesto.

The women, shot in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, were taken to area hospitals, Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said.

One suffered a minor wound, and the other was struck twice and listed in stable condition, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters.

“Tragically,” Beck said, “we believe this is a case of mistaken identity.”

The second incident, which involved Torrance police officers, occurred at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street about 5:45 a.m.

No injuries were reported in that incident.

Meantime, prior to the shootings early Thursday, police believe Dorner tried to steal a boat from an elderly man around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Point Loma Yacht Club in San Diego.

The boat owner reported being accosted by a man who tied him up, threatened him with a gun and said he wanted the boat to flee to Mexico.

But a rope got tangled in the propeller while the suspect was trying to start the boat, rending it inoperable.

The suspect fled the scene and the boat owner was not hurt.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday, a wallet containing a badge and the ID for Dorner was found near Lindbergh Field, not far from the scene of the attempted boat theft.

It was found along Harbor Drive by a passerby and turned over to police. It wasn’t immediately clear what agency the badge represented or it it was legitimate.

Earlier in the week, on Monday, items reportedly belonging to Dorner were found in National City, including what’s being described as police gear.

The items were impounded and claimed by Irvine police on Wednesday as part of their investigation.

Dorner was named by Irvine police on Wednesday night as the suspect in the double murder of Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiancee, Keith Lawrence.

In the online manifesto, Dorner had specifically named Quan’s father, former LAPD captain Randy Quan.

Randy Quan apparently served as Dorner’s representative in the process that ultimately led to Dorner’s dismissal.

Dorner was fired in 2008 for allegedly making false statements about his field training officer, who he accused of kicking a suspect.

In his online postings, Dorner said he suffered from severe depression and was filled with rage at the people who forced him from his job.

He said he didn’t mind dying, because he had already died when he was fired form the LAPD.

Law enforcement sources said police have placed security at the homes of L.A. police officials named in the manifesto and believe Dorner has numerous weapons.

Dorner’s last known address is in La Palma. He is described as a 6-foot-tall African American who weighs about 270 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call a tip line at (714) 724-7192. If you see Dorner, you should call 911 immediately.

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  • Anonymous

    Ppl should not be promoting or celebrating murder and mayhem, and it scares me how many of you a re doing just tat on here! So it's okay to kill people when you don't like how things turn out? That's not a civilized society. Did he have a legitimate beef? Yes! Does he make good points? Yes! Does he draw attention to things that need to be dealt with? Yes! I am sure had he gone to the media and publicized what happened to him he would have gotten a lot further and still had his life as well as the lives of others. There are other ways to voice your injustices OTHER than violence or revenge! People who think like you are scary, because everyone today is self entitled and has this "you did me wrong/ticked me off so now I have the right to take your life" attitude, whether it's because they cut you off on the freeway, or screwed you over at work (which has happened to me and I'm sure countless others). It does not mean you have the right to take a life! Only God has that right, and humans need to stop thinking they are God! Talk about a narcissistic world we live in! I feel sorry for him because he sold his soul to the devil. I understand depression and the rage that goes with it, but I don't understand taking your pain out on others for revenge.

  • Anonymous

    I agree James…how this guy got through the initial psychological exams to be a cop is beyond me, because something tells me he was not just fired for what he is saying. He was only a copy for four years so maybe he had shown other signs of mental instability. Because nobody wants to be accused of not being an equal opportunity employer for employees, if not enough good candidates exist they will hire someone just to fill the quota.

  • Richard Goyzinga

    LAPD has placed a death warrant on Christopher. He has stated in his manifesto that he blew the whistle on his superiors and was fired for doing so. Now the L A P D is in damage control. This guy will not be taken into custody alive! This has been proven by LAPD's Ready, Fire Aim policy. The police claim their officers are trained and competent but REALLY! The police are nothing more than a paid GANG! I would like nothing more Than to hear testimony from Christopher about the inner workings of LAPD. I would rather protect my family and home myself than depend on these undertrained, incompetent gun carrying. Gang members who throw handcuff nurses to the ground or a pregnant women to the ground and then celebrate it by high fiveing and knuckle bumping or shooting innocent people. What a bunch of CLOWNS!

  • anonymous

    Its about time crooked cops a real punishment for thiere crimes he is just serving true justice & protecting & defending the inosent&the weak from the crooked cops and the true criminals because the si called law wont keep going and dont stop chris dorner till u have served true full justice

  • officer snitch

    Very rarely do we get crispy creme donuts In the office and I tried to tell Chris that the last one was for Chief Beck but he didn’t listen, now look at what’s going on!

  • officer snitch

    I think that maybe we should let Chris clear out those corrupt officer”the fungus among us” and i’ll buy the dam! donuts and watch. Read his manifesto clearly there is a problem in the city of angels

  • panman213

    KTLA very concerned about your creds. Has anyone there ever scene Fahrenheit 451? Your coverage of this doesn't jive with facts. The manifesto your reporters hint at doesn't reconcile with "From: Christopher Jordan Dorner /7648To: AmericaSubj: Last resortRegarding CF# 07-004281" Wheres the background work on the charges?" Terminating me for telling the truth of a caucasian officer kicking a mentally ill man is disgusting. " Your news room is struggling to spin the out of control violent behavior of the LAPD in the newspaper truck ambush. Time to turn off 5 in the morning

  • Tlb7670

    To everyone who doesn't understand his actions. U must understand he was employed by a well corrupted organization.
    As the chief explained "We Trained Him". Monica Quan was protocol, he needed to send a message to her father. Making him suffer before Dorner move on him, if Dorner decide to move on him period! As for her fiancée, wrong place wrong time.
    So dont ask Y! U Must think like Dorner. This is only the beginning! He is baiting them in. He's showed the weakness of the Corrupted Organization(LAPD) by their reactions toward the "Asain Women". Ooops! Media,clearly they were Hispanic women and please stop using the term "Cross Fire". Who were they across from? NO! LAPD clearly shot at the vehicle that was occupied by 2 woman that fit the description of Dorner. Right Chief? Your training at its best! Or are you guys scared like some of the victim that died at the hand of the LAPD. Sorry everyone! But I do not have any sympathy for what is happening. They wouldn't have it for me!

  • Justified

    The cops who shot those civilians need to be arrested TODAY. Not tomorrow. But everyone knows they will walk which is why so many have lost respect for law enforcement.

    I want someone to justify why our local law-enforcement look like wannabe soldiers. The pictures they show could be from any nation under a tyrannical regime.

    Back off the 2nd amendment. If you disarm the paramilitary aka local law-enforcement then you can TALK to us about our rights under the 2nd amendment. As long as the police are armed and there are bad apples in the force, we as civilians should be as armed as they are.


    well,…it seems that the media coverage has neglected to cover the reasons this man has gone off the deep end over,..and aint it scary how little we hear about the overzealous officers that crashed into a black truck that driven by an innocent man because they "thought" it was their suspect,…or the two ladies nearly killed =="murdered" ==as they delivered newspapers just a few blocks away because they were in a blue pick up truck,…these people were innocent civilians going about their usual everyday lives…..who speaks for them,…certainly not the l.a. police dept.hey ktla 5 why arent you asking the questions that i'm asking???isn't this your job ,…or do you just report the news,,,,..and isn't this news???i guess you aren't investigative reporters,…my bad,..i guess as long as it wasn't one of yours that it doesn't need to be reported on much…how many cops shot up those poor ladies truck and damn near killed them,…if they weren't such lousy shots,…or maybe they were shaking too much from fear or too much in a hurry to kill (silence) a man pushed around by cops bent on saving their own jobs they forgot why they signed up for this job,….protect and serve ,..remember???? what happened to freedom of information,…does it really exist???how come we are not being told about how many cops were involved in this wrong shooting and who were the cops who rammed that innocent mans truck????and the police say they are reopening the case against dorner ,….are we going to see any of it or is this just another ploy by the police to keep eyes off of them while they continue to protect themselves first before the public….from the top down there is nothing we can do but watch as they cover themselves from any wrongdoing but would put me in jail for saying this to them in public ,…in front of the "media" where somebody might just ask what about what he's (me) saying.come on ktla ,…what are you waiting for ,…more deaths or more cops on overtime ,…"wow" just like what dorner was saying,.. aint it,…or isn't it….. what do have to lose by investigating dorner's charges (allegations) are you afraid he might have some truths to his charges?????if i'm wrong about this then prove it and i'll go on camera and say i was wrong,…but until you do how can you continue to report on this one sided story like its all truth (lapd version ) and let the lapd continue to bully and push around those of us who don't have a voice like you do????i'm challenging you to at least stand up like real journalists and demand to know the truth,…until then your nothing but a mouthpiece for the lapd and not credible as a news orginization like i thought and truly believed you were

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