LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck attends a news conference
regarding fugitive former Los Angeles officer Christopher
Dorner, at the LAPD Headquarters in Los Angeles.
A record $US1 million reward has been posted for
information leading to the capture of a fugitive former Los
Angeles cop suspected of targeting police officers and their
families in three killings committed in retaliation for his
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said the
reward, raised in part from private donations, police unions
and contributions from businesses, marks the biggest sum ever
offered in Southern California in a criminal investigation.
The reward was posted as law enforcement agencies across the
region pressed their search for the suspect, ex-LAPD officer
and U.S. Navy reservist Christopher Dorner, 33, for a fourth
day. Beck described it as the largest manhunt ever mounted in
the Los Angeles area.
He called the spate of revenge-driven killings Dorner is
suspected of unleashing "an act of domestic terrorism,"
adding, "This is a man who has targeted those who we entrust
to protect the public. His actions cannot go unanswered."
An LAPD spokesman also said that police would be providing
extra security for the recording industry's Grammy Awards
ceremony being held on Sunday at the Staples Center in
downtown Los Angles.
The search for Dorner has been focused in the snow-covered
San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles since a pickup
truck belonging to Dorner was found abandoned and burning
near the popular ski resort community of Big Bear Lake on
The truck turned up in the mountains hours after police say
Dorner exchanged gunfire with two officers, grazing one, and
later ambushed two more policemen in their patrol car at a
stoplight, killing one and badly wounding the other.
A rambling, multi-page manifesto posted on Dorner's Facebook
page last week claimed he was wrongly terminated from the
LAPD in September 2008 and threatened numerous police
officers and their families with violent revenge.
A former Navy lieutenant, Dorner also is suspected in last
weekend's shooting deaths of a campus security officer and
his fiance, the daughter of a retired Los Angeles police
captain singled out for blame in the manifesto for Dorner's
The retired LAPD captain had represented Dorner in
disciplinary proceedings that led to his termination after a
police inquiry found that he had made false statements
accusing a superior officer of using excessive force against
a homeless person.
Beck announced on Saturday a reopening of the inquiry to
"reassure the public that their police department is
transparent and fair."
The police officer who was shot to death in an ambush on
Thursday was publicly identified on Sunday as Michael Crain,
34, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served on the Riverside
Police Department for 11 years.
LAPD spokesman Andrew Smith said "an army" of police officers
would be providing security for a public memorial service
planned on Wednesday for Crain.
In addition to continuing a manhunt in and around Big Bear
Lake on Sunday, police were searching areas around the homes
of more than 50 Los Angeles police officers whose families
authorities believe Dorner has targeted as potential victims.