The ex-LAPD officer, 33-year-old Christoper Jordan Dorner, is suspected to have shot three police officers, one of them fatally, early Thursday morning in Riverside County.
The former LAPD officer suspected in shootings targeting law enforcement and their families warned in an online manifesto that he had a deep understanding of the tactics being used to stop him, was heavily armed and planned far-reaching violence.
Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, posted the 6,000-word manifesto on his Facebook page following the killings of the daughter of a former Los Angeles Police Department captain and the woman’s fiance. Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence were found dead Sunday night in their car in Irvine.
Dorner is also suspected in the shootings Thursday of three police officers, one fatally, in Riverside County.
The manifesto promised a “violence of action,” a military term for swift, surprising, overwhelming force.
Dorner, a former Navy reservist who has undergone training at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, Va., said he was equipped with a sophisticated “Barrett .50” sniper rifle that would leave law enforcement vehicles useless. The rifles are sometimes used to stop vehicles with a round to the engine block.
Dorner said he also was carrying shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missiles for attacks to defend against “airships or gunships.”
“I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving,” Dorner wrote.
Numerous law enforcement officials were mentioned by name as potential targets, but he warned that he was casting an enormous net in his effort to spread the killing.
“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty. [Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] is my strength and your weakness. You will now live the life of the prey,” he warned.
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Two Riverside Police Department officers were shot around 1:30 a.m. Thursday while they were on routine patrol near Magnolia and Arlington, police said.
The officers were apparently stopped at a light when they were ambushed. Both officers were hit, but they were somehow able to radio for help.
The officers were taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The other was undergoing surgery and was in unknown condition.
A command post has been set up at Arlington and Brockton. School has been canceled for Thursday at Notre Dame High School.
In addition, an LAPD officer was reportedly shot and suffered a graze wound in the area of Magnolia and the 15 Freeway in Corona.
A command post has been set up on the Magnolia overpass to the 15 Freeway.
Corona police said that schools in the area have been alerted to the ongoing situation, but that classes are continuing as normal.
Dorner is believed to be driving a black Nissan Titan pickup, California license plate 8D83987 or 7X09131. He may have changed the plates to elude authorities.
Dorner is wanted for allegedly killing Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan, the daughter of a former LAPD officer, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence.
The couple was found shot to death in the parking lot of their upscale apartment complex in Irvine on Sunday night.
Authorities say that Dorner wrote an online manifesto threatening to harm police officials and their families.
Law enforcement sources said police have placed security at the homes of L.A. police officials named in the manifesto and believe Dorner has numerous weapons.
In the online postings, Dorner specifically named retired L.A. police captain Randy Quan, the father of Monica Quan.
Randy Quan apparently served as Dorner’s representative in the process that ultimately led to Dorner’s dismissal.
Dorner was fired in 2008 for allegedly making false statements about his field training officer, who he accused of kicking a suspect.
The LAPD Board of Rights found that the complaint was false and terminated his employment for making false statements. He appealed the action.
Dorner said in his online postings that being a police officer had been his life’s ambition since he served in the police Explorer program.
He said it was the LAPD’s fault that he lost his law enforcement and Navy careers, as well as his relationships with family and close friends.
Dorner claimed he suffered from severe depression and was filled with rage at the people who forced him from his job.
He complained that Quan and others did not fairly represent him at the review hearing.
“Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family.”
“There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep,” he wrote, referring to Quan and several others.
“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours,” he added.
In the document, he threatens violence against other police officers.
“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.
Dorner also seemed to allude to the double murder in Irvine in the manifesto.
He says he he knows people who know him “are in disbelief” about media reports that he’s suspected of “such horrendous murders.”
“Unfortunately,” he said, “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.”
Dorner’s last known address is in La Palma. He is described as a 6-foot-tall African American who weighs about 270 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call a tip line at (714) 724-7192. If you see Dorner, you should call 911 immediately.
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From Ms. Emily L. Hauser:
1,600 Americans fatally shot since Newtown.
More than 1,600, actually. In 55 days.
That averages out to 29 people a day. On Christmas, 30 Americans were killed by guns. On New Year’s Day, it was 58. On Martin Luther King Day, 28. Last Thursday was a good day — only 13 Americans were shot to death that day.
Click here to see Slate’s utterly breath-taking graphic of the gun-death tally since December 14, the date of the Newtown massacre.
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