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Rampaging Ex-LAPD Cop Shoots 3 Cops, Kills 1

February 07, 2013  | 

Dorner wearing his LAPD uniform. Photo via Facebook.
Dorner wearing his LAPD uniform. Photo via Facebook.

SWAT teams searched near a rugged San Bernardino ski resort late Thursday for a fired LAPD officer who shot three officers, including one fatally, in a rampage across Southern California.

Local, state, and federal authorities are searching for Christopher Dorner, 33, who threatened "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against police in an manifesto posted on his Facebook page, reports the Los Angeles Times. He was fired by the agency in 2009.

Earlier in the day, the California Highway Patrol issued a "blue alert" for the Nissan Titan driven by Dorner. Authorities found the Titan Thursday afternoon as a burned-out shell in Big Bear, where Dorner was reportedly spotted.

Dorner's suspected rampage came less than a day after the Irvine Police Department named him as a suspect in the killing of a former LAPD captain's daughter and her fiancé, a USC campus police officer. In his manifesto, Dormer reportedly blamed the captain for his firing.

The chain of events began at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, when Dorner allegedly attempted to steal a 47-foot boat at the Southwestern Yacht Club in Point Loma, San Diego, in an apparent attempt to escape to Mexico. His LAPD badge was found nearby, reports the Los Angeles Times.

At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Corona, Dorner engaged two LAPD officers assigned to a protection detail for someone mentioned in his manifesto. During a shootout, one officer suffered a grazing head wound.

Sometime later, Dorner ambushed two Riverside Police Department officers in a cruiser at a stop light. One officer was killed; the second was wounded in the attack. During a news conference, Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said the shooting was the cowardly act of a depraved individual.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that Dorner was heavily armed and should turn himself in. "This has gone far enough," Beck said. "No one else needs to die."

A Navy reservist, Dorner was fired from the LAPD in 2009 for making false statements about his field training officer. He was hired in 2005.

Dorner is a decorated Iraq War veteran who won commendations for pistol expertise and rifle marksmanship. In his manifesto, he vowed to use his military training to wage a war of attrition against his former department and said he would "utilize every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance, and survival training I've been given."

Related:

Navy: Iraq Vet Dorner Excelled In Pistol, Rifle Handling

Burned-Out Truck Linked to Fugitive Ex-Cop

Riverside Chief: Ex-LAPD Cop Is 'Depraved' and 'Cowardly'

LAPD Chief To Ex-Cop: 'No One Else Needs To Die'

Tags: LAPD, Riverside (Calif.) PD, Duty Deaths, Assaults on Officers, Families of Officers, Chris Dorner, Officer Fired


Comments (9)

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The Chosen One @ 2/8/2013 12:25 AM

John Rambo 2.0
You can spend $Billions of dollar on mental health but no amount of counseling or medications can stop someone from going on a killing spree. I think everyone suffers from depression or have mental breakdowns, but not everyone commits suicide or homicide as a result.

Glockthis @ 2/8/2013 5:56 AM

No one else has to die Dorner. Turn yourself in and have your day in court. You say you want to clear your name, do the right thing.

mtpgman @ 2/8/2013 7:56 AM

This is how you choose to prove that the LAPD was off-base when they deemed that you were unfit to be an officer? Yikes! CA Blues, godspeed and watch your backs.

josh @ 2/8/2013 11:03 AM

The way of the gun is the American way. you live by the sword, stop crying when the bullets coming back on you!

Driverx @ 2/8/2013 4:37 PM

I can't help but feel there is more to this story than meets the eye. Why would a man of honor, a Navy officer, a police officer go off the deep end and why all the media hype? I am not saying he didn't do it... Could he be the innocent hero framed to look evil? Especially considering the "recent incidents" somethings don't add up. We have a school shooting with conflicting reports and cover-ups, a movie theater shooting with conflicting reports and cover-ups, we have 20 dead Navy Seals in a helo crash that was now reportedly shot down, we have Kyle, Noveske, and Ratliff all mysteriously killed... And now Dorner... Hmmmmm. Plus the Government wants to eliminate term limits, control the population, abolish the 2nd Amendment and "change" the US Constitution. Remember your Oath, Open your Eyes... Something is wrong with this picture.

John @ 2/9/2013 1:25 AM

Driverx, I agree with you on some points, but we have different definitions of honor. Dorner is a left wing chickenshit who shoots innocent civilians while saying he supports gun bans.

Frank @ 2/9/2013 1:15 PM

Something does not add up here. I like to see the Dorners file on the subject that got him removed from the LAPD. I bet Dorner was clean up until that episode. I just wish he chose another way to express his removal from the LAPD. These strings of shooting regardless who the shooter is does not help the present gun proposals coming out of Washington. I think people are fed up with the lack of jobs and cost of living and all the other stress related issues of life. Lets face it, Republican, Liberal or Independent life for the last 7 or so years have been tough for a number of people in this country and our government has not made it any easier.

Driverx @ 2/9/2013 2:28 PM

John, I meant... Honor / Honorable: Any individual who swears the Oath to defend our constitution and the citizens of this nation, thus doing so with sincere intentions of holding true to those tenants and beliefs. When Dorner joined the Navy, and the Police Department, he did so with honorable intentions... What happened between that time and now is one of the questions in need of answering. Sorry if there was confusion.

Archangel72 @ 2/12/2013 9:10 AM

First of all, God allows tragedy to befall his people when we fail to worship and obey Him.This should be a sobering experience for the LAPD and it's surrounding communities. Second, Dorner has presented an alleged solution to this situation; initiate an investigation into the aforementioned allegations by an outside agency and publicly announce the findings. This will either prove or disprove Dorner's accusations. If you remove his platform what will he have for support? The TRUTH may be the only avenue to resolve this situation.

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