Mountain Manhunt for Dorner Suspended Overnight

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BIG BEAR, Calif. (KTLA) — Police in the mountain resort town suspended their search Friday night for Christopher Jordan Dorner but plan to resume the search Saturday morning at 7:00.

Investigators believe Dorner, 33, a fired Los Angeles Police Department officer and former Navy lieutenant, is involved in the murders of a Riverside police officer and two others.

“Once it gets dark out there and the snow keeps falling and they have no air support, I don’t know how effective they would be in that situation,” spokeswoman Cindy Bachman of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

Throughout Friday, more than 100 officers searched through fresh snow for clues to the whereabouts of Dorner.

The manhunt for double murder suspect and alleged cop killer Christoper Dorner, 33, continued Friday in the Big Bear area.

Heavy snow was falling on Friday morning, prompting authorities to call off the aerial search.

However, an exhaustive ground search was ongoing, and all Bear Valley schools were closed for the day as a precaution.

The Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts were open for business on Friday, after closing early on Thursday.

Schools were also locked down on Thursday, as a fatigue-clad SWAT officers began combing the area following the discovery of Dorner’s burned out pickup truck.

About 125 officers would eventually be used to search hundreds of homes door-to-door and follow what was believed to be Dorner’s trail.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said at a news conference Friday morning that authorities searched throughout the night.bbear-carousel

Over 100 law enforcement officers from across Southern California are still involved in the search, according to McMahon.

They plan to focus on the area where Dorner’s torched Nissan Titan pickup truck was found, as well as the mountains above that.

The truck was found on Thursday off Forest Ford 2N10 and Club View Drive in Big Bear Lake. The area is about a mile away from Bear Mountain.

Footprints were found leading from the truck into the snow. McMahon said it didn’t appear the tracks were headed in any specific direction.

He said that crews followed the tracks through the forest until they lost them when the ground became frozen.

McMahon said there are a number of places up on the mountain that authorities haven’t gotten to yet, and that there are a lot of abandoned cabins in those areas.

SWAT officers are using snowcats and armored vehicles outfitted with chains to access the more remote areas amid the heavy snowfall.

The search will continue regardless of the weather, according to McMahon, until Dorner is found or authorities determine he has left the area.

Big Bear is expected to get 6 to 10 inches of snow about 4,000 feet and 2 to 6 inches of snow below 4,000 feet, the National Weather Service said.

Snow levels could drop to between 2,500 and 3,000 feet Friday morning and to 2,000 feet by the evening.

Wind gusts could reach 45 mph, the weather service said, and scattered showers are expected throughout the day.

It was unclear whether Dorner was prepared for the cold conditions or the rugged terrain surrounding Big Bear Lake.

Meantime, McMahon said that they are processing Dorner’s truck in conjunction with police in Irvine, Los Angeles and Riverside. He didn’t have any further information.

Dorner is suspected of killing a young Irvine couple, as well as a Riverside police officer, as part of a long-standing grudge against the LAPD.

He is believed to have penned a long, angry manifesto on Facebook saying that he was unfairly fired from the force and was now seeking vengeance.

Monica Quan, 28, an assistant college basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, were found shot to death in their car last Saturday.

Quan’s father had been an LAPD captain, and a subject of Dorner’s wrath in the manifesto police say he wrote.

Late Wednesday and on into Thursday, Dorner allegedly went on a violent rampage, shooting three police officers in Riverside County, one of whom died.

Police are reminding residents in the Big Bear area to keep their doors locked. If you see Dorner, or anything unusual, you should call 911 immediately.

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  • Anonymous

    A ghostly trail that leads all the way back to the dark days of Gates, King, and 1992. It is known
    that officers involved in the King incident were promoted in Culver City, California.
    The surface elements shift and transmutate, blur and become opaque through time and seasons,
    but the deep and basic structures of a corrupt and authoritatian system remain intact through more
    sophisticated and "friendly" methods of media manipulation, propaganda and enforced diversion.

  • Tyler

    Apparently, when Dorner lived in Enid, he and a friend returned thousands of dollars lost by a Korean church…also check out what the father of the kid who was kicked by the lesbo cop has to say…Dorner seems like a nice guy who was screwed by the system and trying to exact a measure of revenge…good for him.

  • yewzernayme

    I don't know enough about this situation and Dormer's relationship with LAPD to have an opinion either way, but one important lesson here for those that are considering oppressing the American citizenry in the near future is this: you may be safe in your armored vehicle with your millions of .40 s&w hollow points, but your families are accessible. Don't start nothin', won't be nothin'.

  • jprcox

    I know there are a lot of great cops, but how many existing cops could do something like this??? Imagine this guy didn't have an issue a couple years ago – he would be a cop today doing what cops do. I know perfection is impossible, but it sure seems that the police don't exactly have "better" people working for them than the average company – so why do we keep acting like these guys are heros? Some rare ones are great people and heros – but we cannot apply that standard to someone just because they are a police officer. This guy is walking proof.

  • Na Levo

    It seems to be that the last place he will be found is in the San Bernardinos. Having lived in those mountains for almost 30 years, it is not likely that a large black man would be unnoticed for long. I may have seen 1/2 dozen blacks in my tenure on the mountain. And, if you wanted to go to a place where your fellow citizens believe in armed self-protection – you couldn't pick a better neighborhood.

    Why did he burn the truck? To draw attention – 'cause I could lose an 18 wheeler in those woods. Figure he burned the truck, drew the police there, went into the high desert down the back of the hill, crossed over on the Pearblossom highway to get to L.A., where he could melt in the community and get back to his declared goal of killing specific individuals . Really can only speculate where he is, but I'm pretty sure where he is not – a white mountain communites, all armed and with a thousand eyes.

    • jprcox

      not only that but its snowing so EVERYTHING is white. Doesn't make a lot of sense unless he is trying to "live off the land" and head deeper into the mountains. I guess there are a lot more poeple doing that sort of thing that you might realize – living in the mountains.

  • Dan

    This man is being hunted by police officers and these police officers have no intention of doing anything other than murdering him. The police have absolutely no desire or will to capture him alive and try him in a court of law.

    This man is a citizen who has not been proven guilty—and the police have no right to vigilantism via premeditated murder—

  • antivigilante

    This guy killed the children of someone he had a disagreement with? You people defending him are pathetic . . . his actions discredit any accusations he might make about LAPD. This is a self-centered baby throwing a deadly tantrum.

  • english

    The KTLA headline I'm reading on the right side of my screen reads "Manhunt for Fomer Cop Christopher Dorner".

    Spellcheck please…the word if "FORMER" not "Fomer".

  • observation

    So far Dorner has proven he can outsmart the LAPD, US Marshalls and the FBI. I wouldn't be so quick to write him off as a crazed lunatic.

    The general public has nothing to fear from this man, only LE and their families. If random killing were his goal there would be lots of bodies in his wake.

  • Anonymous

    some idiot posted under the name "christopher" and said "nobody will recognize me". And another poster responded "chris, is this really u? if so we hear ya!" what morons…yeah, like he's reading KTLA posts and responding in his free time while escaping and plotting. who posts on here anyway, 12 year olds? based on the sheer stupidity of so many posters, I am convinced.

  • Mikhial

    He should of made an official declaration of war, on LAPD no more no less. Thomas Jefferson would be on his side. Would You? This is a man fighting to end tyranny. And he is doing it single handedly. His mistake was killing innocent civilians, However we do not know how "Innocent" those civilians were. Imagine if this was an independent operation of more then 1 patriot, but less then a thousand.
    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
    –Thomas Jefferson

  • Los Angeles

    If I Ran into Chris Dorner, I'll tell him your our MODERN HERO. Put justice on the corrupt LAPD not the innocent one. The only mistake he did is involving the innocent ones. 100% I support and agree w Chris Donner for LAPD Corruptions, I'm a victim of their system as well, but never been heard and never been given justice. My complaint was never their priority even I was able to provide proof of video. I also agree w Chris that LAPD are racist.

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