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Manhunt For Alleged Killer Of Three
Posted by Ivetta Babadjanian on Feb 7, 2013 - 11:20:31 PM

LOS ANGELES—Bear Mountain Ski Resort was shutdown on Thursday, February 7 as police searched for murder suspect and ex-LAPD officer, Christopher Jordan Dorner. The lockdown was issued at approximately 9:30 a.m. while authorities throughout Southern California launched a manhunt for Dorner.

The 33-year-old is accused of killing three people and injuring two others for an alleged grudge against the Los Angeles Police Department. Dorner is believed to have killed a Riverside police officer and injuring two others on Thursday.

A suspect with Dorner's description was reportedly involved in a shooting in Chiho at 1:25 a.m. The suspect fired at two officers as they attempted to pursue him and managed to graze one in the head with a bullet.

At 1:45 a.m. Dorner was reported to have pulled up across from two Riverside officers who were in their patrol car while stopped at a red light. Dorner then used a rifle to shoot the officers, killing one and injuring the other.

Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

It is suspected that Dorner may also be responsible for the murder of a Cal State Fullerton basketball coach and her fiancé after it was revealed that the coach's father represented Dorner in front of a board when he lost his job. Monica Quan, 28, and Keith Lawrence, 27, were found shot to death in their car on Sunday, February 3 at around 9:10 p.m. in the parking structure of the Irvine building they lived in.

The authorities began to search the Big Bear area when a burning truck was found in the area that roughly matched the description of the one Dorner used. All school and facilities in the Bear Valley Unified School District were placed on lockdown for safety precautions although official stated they do not believe there is any immediate danger.

Dorner is also suspected of unsuccessfully trying to steal a boat on Wednesday, February 6 at approximately 8:30 p.m. in San Diego. Reports indicate he fled the scene when his attempt proved unsuccessful.

An 18-page document was posted on Dorner's Facebook page on Monday, February 4 that stated he was unfairly fired from the force causing him to seek vengeance.
Christopher Dorner. Photo courtesy of LAPD.

“The violence of action will be high.... I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” one passage said.

Dorner accused the department of being racist as well as using excessive force. In addition, Dorner named specific members of the LAPD that he would target claiming they would not be safe at home or at work. Thus, police sent personnel to protect 40 families related to officers who were specifically named.

"The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse," Dorner wrote. "I know I will be vilified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name."

A good portion of the letter was dedicated to an episode in which Dorner allegedly saw a fellow officer using excessive force on a schizophrenic suspect. He wrote that he reported the incident to LAPD's internal affairs department which led to a long investigation. Dorner claims that he was dismissed from the department for going against a member of the department and was accused of making false statements.

"This is a homicide suspect who has committed atrocious crimes. If you want to give any attribution to his ramblings on the Internet, go ahead, but I do not," said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck at a news conference.

Beck stated that the internal affairs case mentioned in the letter was treated fairly through the police department's review board.

"That case was thoroughly adjudicated. It went through several levels of review up to the point where even a civilian representative listened to the entirety of the case. You will find Dorner's statements to be self-serving and the statements of somebody who was extremely unhappy in his lot in life," Beck said.

Dorner's manifesto states he fell into a depression ever since he was relieved from duty in 2008 and then fired from the department the following year. He also wrote about many celebrities such as Charlie Sheen, Christoph Waltz, Ellen Degeneres and Anderson Cooper.

"Learned today suspect Christopher Dorner sent me a parcel at CNN," tweeted Cooper. "Inside was a note, DVD, and a coin shot thru with bullet holes."

Dorner is described as an African-American man standing 6 feet tall and weighing 270 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Dorner's whereabouts or further details about the case is asked to contact Irvine Police at (949) 724-7000 or Los Angeles Police at (877) LAPD-24-7. If seen, call 911 immediately.


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