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Riverside Police Identify Slain Officer

February 11, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Riverside PD.
Photo courtesy of Riverside PD.

The Riverside (Calif.) Police Department identified the officer allegedly slain by a fugitive ex-cop as Officer Michael Crain, an 11-year veteran.

Crain, 34, was killed in an early Thursday ambush as he and his partner sat in a patrol car at a red light at Arlington and Magnolia avenues. The officers were allegedly fired on by Chris Dorner at about 1:35 a.m. Crain's partner, who was also struck, is expected to recover, reports the Los Angeles Times.

During his career, Crain had served as a patrol officer, and was assigned to the SWAT team. He had also served as a helicopter observer, field training officer, and firearms instructor. He had served on the University Neighborhood Enhancement Team.

Crain served two tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, according to the agency. He leaves behind his wife, a 10-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grove Community Church in Riverside.

Comments (9)

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Mark @ 2/11/2013 3:20 PM

If you read Dorner's manifesto, he states he will not take action against non-LAPD officers that do not interfere with his objective. I'm curious if these officers were about to intervene or if they were just going about their business.

Ed Anderson @ 2/11/2013 3:43 PM

Dorner is a terrorist plain and simple, it doesn't matter what his manifesto says, he should be eligible to be taken out by drone.

Jeremy Young @ 2/11/2013 4:31 PM

I read the entire Manifesto from beginning to end. I have to say that he has 3 options really. Take his own life, suicide by cop or give up. Since he obviously shows no sign at this point of giving up, it may be one of the other options. He is seriously messed up in the head. This is why we all need to take care of our own and watch for warning signs. When he choked out some of the guys for using the N Word, they should have taken action right then and had him evaluated and possible termination could have taken place then. Instead, like many other agencies, they swept it under the rug and now we have a Serial Murderer / Terrorist running loose with ties in many locations across the country, For all we know he may be in Mexico. The point is there needs to be changes in how we deal with the Mentally Disturbed and how we take care of our own. There definitely needs to be changes made within the Law Enforcement Community in how we deal with these things.

Mark Schraer @ 2/11/2013 5:54 PM

Jeremy...With all due respect, maybe you missed the context of the above article. A police officer, husband, father, son, brother, friend, partner, and combat Marine veteran was murdered. That is what this article is about and therefore, THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE REFLECTING AND COMMENTING ON!
How about you save your postulating about this posht for some other article? I have heard all I need to hear about the garbage suspect, other than that he is deceased. No reply necessary - read all I want to from you.

Doc @ 2/11/2013 8:00 PM

This is so sad for the family and department, as I have seen it happen in my area, with people that I knew and worked with.

As far as the POS that did this, I hope that a coworker terminates him.

Alex E @ 2/12/2013 3:18 AM

@ Ed Anderson,

So much for due process, eh? That's how this country is going to roll? Screw the Constitution?! Let's only worry about that antiquated document when it's convenient for us?

I suggest you head over to and read about the Oath you swore to uphold and defend the Constitution, regardless of the challenges that may bring.

Matt @ 2/12/2013 7:43 AM

RIP Brother Sheepdog, you met your end of watch too early. God Bless you and your family for your sacrifice. May He watch over those close to you in your family and in your family in Blue. Condolences to those affected.

ACE @ 2/12/2013 11:27 AM

There is really only one good way for this to end, and that is through a self-inflicted injury by the suspect. WHy would we want to mess up the life of and put mental stressors on one of our fellow brothers in blue?

Trigger @ 2/12/2013 1:30 PM

Rest in peace my Brother, may the Good Lord hold you in His arms.

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