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Video: Dashcam Captured Dorner Ambush of Riverside Officers

May 06, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Dashcam Captured Dorner Ambush of Riverside Officers

Dashcam footage released this week by the Police Foundation shows that Riverside, Calif., officers Michael Crain and Daniel Tachias were ambushed by Christopher Dorner before they knew the former LAPD officer had attacked two LAPD officers some 20 minutes earlier in nearby Corona.

A dashcam video--released this week by the Police Foundation--shows the Riverside officers pull up to a stoplight. Dorner's truck is in the opposite lane. After the truck rolls through the intersection, the officers are hit with rifle fire. Crain is mortally wounded. Tachias, though conscious is so badly hit that he cannot move.

Moments later a cab driver stops to check on the officers and calls in the "officers down" alert. 

After the officers down call, dispatch issues a warning to all Riverside officers that two LAPD officers had been shot at in nearby Corona.

Crain died at a nearby hospital. Tachias survived the attack.

The Police Foundation issued a report this week that discusses the Corona ambush as an example of poor interagency communication during the incident.

Tags: Chris Dorner, Riverside (Calif.) PD, LAPD, Manhunts, Officer Down


Comments (5)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/6/2014 3:51 PM

The video was very disturbing and I felt very useless for not being able to help these two Officers that were in dire need. My prayers to everyone involved with this mad man.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/6/2014 3:55 PM

The video is so intense I cried.

TheRookie @ 5/6/2014 7:31 PM

What a monster in disguise Dorner was. I hope this never happens again.

Brad @ 5/7/2014 8:06 AM

I teach new officers how to respond to emergencies. What should I teach them to do in this case? All I have ever been able to think of when things like this happen is to "keep fighting as long as you can. If you die, then die fighting back. The rest of us will get him for you."

Francis @ 5/7/2014 9:33 AM

Given the militan hostile society today, this can happen again to officers. Alert, run, and fight. Never be a sitting duck or stay in one place when being ambushed.

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