Christopher Jordan Dorner. REUTERS/Irvine Police Department
Authorities in California have launched a manhunt for a
fired Los Angeles policeman who threatened "warfare" on cops in
an Internet manifesto and was suspected in a string of
shootings targeting officers and their families in which three
The violence began with the weekend slayings of a campus
safety officer and his fiancee, the daughter of a retired Los
Angeles police captain who represented the accused gunman in
disciplinary proceedings and who he blamed for his dismissal
from the force.
Then, earlier this week, investigators learned that the
suspect in that shooting, Christopher Dorner, 33, had posted
an online declaration of grievances.
"This is a vendetta against all of Southern California law
enforcement, and it should be seen as such," Los Angeles
Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters.
"He knows what he's doing. We trained him. ... He was also a
member of the Armed Forces. It is extremely worrisome and
scary, especially to the police officers involved," he added.
Police closed in Dorner at least once early on Thursday when
two Los Angeles police officers exchanged gunfire with him in
the city of Corona, leaving one of the officers grazed in the
head by a bullet, police said.
Two other officers were ambushed, with one killed, about 20
minutes later while sitting in their patrol car at a traffic
light in the adjacent town of Riverside, about 100km east of
The officer who died was an 11-year veteran of the Riverside
force. His partner was severely wounded but expected to fully
recover, police said.
Dorner, who was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department
in September 2008 after more than three years as an officer,
also held the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves,
police and Navy officials said.
Beck said Dorner was presumed to be armed with multiple
weapons, including an assault rifle. He said that threats
contained in Dorner's rambling, multi-page Facebook manifesto
had prompted police to dispatch more than 40 security details
to protect people thought to be in danger of attack.
'HUNTING FOR POLICE OFFICERS'
At a separate news conference, Riverside Police Chief Sergio
Diaz said he hoped Dorner could be captured without further
bloodshed but warned that he was mobile and extremely
"This is a somewhat unprecedented, or at least rare
occurrence - a trained, heavily armed person who is hunting
for police officers," he said.
The manifesto, quoted by various news media on Thursday,
appeared to have been removed from the social network site,
but Los Angeles television station KTLA posted a full copy of
the document on its website.
"The violence of action will be high. ... I will bring
unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD
uniform whether on or off duty," Dorner wrote in the message.
"The attacks will stop when the department states the truth
about my innocence."
Dorner first came to the public's attention on Wednesday when
he was named as a suspect in the weekend slayings of Monica
Quan, an assistant basketball coach at California State
University Fullerton, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, a
University of Southern California public safety officer.
Quan's father, retired LAPD Captain Randy Quan, had
represented Dorner in disciplinary hearings that led to his
termination from the department in September 2008 for making
false statements, police said.
"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own , I'm
terminating yours," he wrote in a portion of his manifesto
addressed to Randy Quan.
Dorner was said to be driving a dark gray pickup truck on
Thursday, after what police believe was an aborted attempt
Wednesday night to steal a boat from a yacht club in San
HIGHWAY PATROL ISSUES ALERT
He tied up the owner of a 45-foot vessel moored at the
Southwestern Yacht Club, but was unable to get the boat's
engine started and fled the scene, police Detective Gary
Hassen said. The boat owner was unhurt.
The California Highway Patrol issued an alert on Dorner to
law enforcement throughout the state after the Riverside
Los Angeles police placed officers on a tactical alert and
grounded all motorcycle patrols as a precaution, an LAPD
police spokeswoman said.
The manhunt also led to the wounding of two bystanders by
police before dawn in Torrance, just south of Los Angeles,
where officers on a security detail opened fire on a pickup
truck resembling the one Dorner was thought to be driving,
Beck said. He said the truck was being driven with its
One victim suffered a minor gunshot wound and the second was
listed in stable condition with two gunshot wounds.
"Tragically, we believe this was a case of mistaken identity
by the Los Angeles police officers," Beck said.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the two victims were both
women delivering newspapers.
Later in the morning, police in San Diego swarmed a
residential facility near a military base as unconfirmed
reports surfaced that a suspect had barricaded himself inside
a building. Police said the incident turned out to be
unrelated to the manhunt.