Massive manhunt on for ex-cop accused of killing 3
BY TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press
Friday, February 08, 2013
2/08/13 at 6:14 AM
A fired police officer who threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt Thursday that put Southern California on edge, led hair-trigger officers to mistakenly shoot at innocent citizens and forced police to guard their own.
Police found a burned-out pickup truck late Thursday afternoon that belongs to Christopher Dorner near the Bear Mountain ski area at Big Bear Lake, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said officers were going door to door looking for him.
Throughout the day, thousands of heavily armed officers patrolled highways in the state. Some stood guard outside the homes of people police say Dorner vowed to attack in an angry rant posted online.
"I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" to Los Angeles Police Department officers, on or off duty, said the manifesto. It also asserted: "Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared. That's what this is about, my name. A man is nothing without his name."
Dorner, 33, had multiple weapons including an assault rifle, said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who urged him to surrender at an unusual press conference in an underground room at police headquarters.
"Of course he knows what he's doing, we trained him. He was also a member of the armed forces," he said.
The nearly 10,000-member LAPD dispatched some of its officers to protect more than 40 potential targets across the region on Thursday. The department also pulled officers from motorcycle duty, fearing they would make for easy targets.
At one point, officers guarding one location mistakenly opened fire on a pickup truck, believing it matched the description of Dorner's dark-colored 2005 Nissan Titan, injuring two innocent occupants.
The search for Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements, began after he was linked to a weekend killing in which one of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented him during the disciplinary hearing.
Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, were found shot in their car at a parking structure at their condominium on Sunday in Irvine. Quan, 28, was an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton. Lawrence, 27, was a public safety officer at the University of Southern California.
Police said Dorner implicated himself in the couple's killings in the manifesto posted on Facebook.
According to documents, Dorner was fired after he made a complaint against his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans. Dorner said that in the course of an arrest, Evans kicked suspect Christopher Gettler, a schizophrenic with severe dementia.
After his dismissal, Dorner said in his online rant that he lost everything, including his relationships with his mother, sister and close friends.
As officers searched for Dorner, there was a report of a shooting in Corona that involved two LAPD officers working a security detail, police said. A resident pointed out Dorner to the officers who followed until his pickup stopped and the driver got out and fired a rifle at them.
Later, two officers on routine patrol in Riverside were ambushed at a stop light by a motorist who drove up next to them and opened fire with a rifle. One died and the other was seriously wounded but was expected to survive.
Original Print Headline: Ex-cop sought in killing spree
Los Angeles Police Department officers investigate the site of a shooting in Corona, Calif., involving two LAPD officers who were allegedly shot at by Christopher Dorner. NICK UT/Associated Press