Feb 7, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from Fox News: A multi-agency manhunt is under way in California after police say the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in the murders of a college basketball coach and her fiancé last weekend is following through on his vow to kill police officers after he opened fire Wednesday night on three police officers, killing one.
“In this case, we’re his target,” Sgt. Rudy Lopez from the Corona Police Department said at a press conference.
The suspect has been identified as Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, and he is considered extremely dangerous, authorities say. The killings appear to be retribution for his 2009 termination from the Los Angeles Police Department for making false statements, authorities say.
The first shooting Wednesday night occurred in the city of Corona and involved two LAPD officers working a security detail, said Sgt. Alex Baez of the LAPD’s Newton division. One officer was grazed in the head.
The LAPD’s elite Metropolitan squad was sent to protect others mentioned in Dorner’s manifesto, KTTV.com reported.
The tension surrounding the manhunt Thursday mounted as LAPD officers allegedly shot and wounded multiple people in Torrance, Calif., while guarding one of the targets named in the manifesto. Police did not say how seriously the people were injured.
Later, two officers on routine patrol in the neighboring city of Riverside were ambushed in their patrol car at a stop light, said Riverside Lt. Guy Toussaint. One died and the other was in surgery.
The Riverside officers shot overnight were not actively looking for Dorner, authorities said.
Police don’t know where Dorner is, but think he left the area, Toussaint said. A badge and identification belonging to Dorner have been found in a San Diego airport. Police said the items were turned in to police at 2:27 a.m. Thursday but he does not know when they were found.
Local police are taking an abundance of caution. Corona police have suspended its motorcycle patrol and all officers are teamed up with partners.
“We’re asking our officers to be extraordinarily cautious just as we’re asking the public to be extraordinarily cautious with this guy. He’s already demonstrated he has a propensity for shooting innocent people. We can’t provide a lot of information now because we’re trying to capture him,” said Cmdr. Andrew Smith. “We don’t know where he is. We’re looking for the public’s help to locate this guy. Anybody who sees him or believes they see him or his vehicle should call 911.”
Police say at the time of his firing Dorner was represented by the father of one of his victims and posted a multi-page manifesto on his Facebook page about his termination.
“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, (so) I am terminating yours,” Dorner’s manifesto reportedly stated. Randy Quan’s name was mentioned in the note. He represented Dorner at the hearing that led to Dorner’s firing. Quan’s daughter, Monica Quan and her fiancé were shot dead in an Irvine parking garage Sunday night.
In the manifesto, Dorner wrote that Quan “suppressed the truth,” which would lead to deadly consequences, The Orange County Register reported.
“Self preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as a I died long ago on 1/2/09,” Dorner wrote, according to the report. The paper said he was referencing the day he was fired from the LAPD. “I was told by my mother that sometimes bad things happen to good people.”
Police said the U.S. Navy reservist may be driving a blue 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck. His last known address was in La Palma in northern Orange County near Fullerton.
Dorner was with the department from 2005 until 2008, when he was fired for making false statements. He served in Iraq, providing security on an oil platform and has received awards including the Rifle Marksman Ribbon and a Pistol Expert Medal, among others. Based on his awards and deployment records, the Navy told FoxNews.com that Dorner would not be classified as an advanced shooter.
Autopsies showed that Quan and Lawrence were killed by multiple gunshot wounds in the parking structure at their condominium in Irvine, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said earlier Wednesday.
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.
Quan’s father, a former LAPD captain who became a lawyer in retirement, represented Dorner in front of the Board of Rights, a tribunal that ruled against Dorner at the time of his dismissal, LAPD Capt. William Hayes told The Associated Press Wednesday night.
Randal Quan retired in 2002. He later served as chief of police at Cal Poly Pomona before he started practicing law.
According to documents from a court of appeals hearing in October 2011, Dorner was fired from the LAPD 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.
Following an investigation, Dorner was fired for making false statements.