Patch Exclusive: Photos of Shot-up Riverside Police Cruiser

Police say two Riverside police officers were shot at-- one of them fatally-- early Thursday, Feb. 7., by an ex-LAPD officer who is now the target of a statewide manhunt.

RIVERSIDE, CA -- Patch spotted this police cruiser about a quarter mile from the Riverside police station, where a press conference was held earlier Thursday to detail the shooting which claimed the life of an 11-year police force veteran.

In the photos, bullet holes can be seen in the front and rear windshields.  At the press conference, police had described how bullets entered the front windshield, and exited the rear.

The officer who was killed-- who was training another, younger officer-- had been with the police department for 11 years, according to Police Chief Sergio Diaz.

Diaz, who did not wish for the media to identify the officer at this time, praised the 34-year-old slain man as a “very well respected officer" who was admired for his “tactical prowess."

The other officer, a 27-year-old who has been with the department for less than a year after transferring from another agency, was expected to survive, according to Diaz.  He was taken to Riverside Community Hospital.

Diaz said both officers were struck in the upper body, and neither had time to return fire on the alleged shooter.

Anyone with background information about suspect Christopher Dorner was asked to call the Riverside Police Department's tip line at 951-353-7980.

“If you see this man call 911, but if you have some background information or something that you think could help his capture, call this tip line,” Diaz said.

Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, is suspected of fatally shooting a man and woman in Irvine Sunday night in a premeditated attack the ex-cop perpetrated in apparent revenge over being terminated from the police force because of disciplinary issues in 2008.

He posted an online manifesto vowing to kill others, investigators allege. His potential targets were given police protection, and at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday, Dorner allegedly got into a shootout with two LAPD officers near the Corona home of one prospective victim.

One LAPD officer suffered a grazing wound; his partner escaped injury. Dorner then allegedly drove into Riverside and opened fire on two patrolmen in a "cowardly ambush" at the intersection of Arlington and Magnolia avenues, Diaz said.

"There were some heroic acts on the part of residents of this city," the chief said in reference to what happened immediately after the two officers were hit. He said details would be released in the coming days.

-- City News Service contributed to this report.

Patch News Coverage of the Search for Chris Dorner: 

  • DORNER MANHUNT: Armed Deputies Vigilant on Snowbound Mountain Roads
  • TIMELINE: How the Events Surrounding Christopher Dorner Unfolded
  • Patch Exclusive: Photos of Shot-up Riverside Police Cruiser
  • Winter Storm Warning for Mountains Where Dorner Search is Under Way
  • DORNER MANIFESTO: Rogue Officer Posted His Plan for 'Last Resort' Online
  • BREAKING NEWS: Watch the Police Dorner Press Conference Live
  • Suspect Identified in the Slayings of Former Walnut High Athlete and Her Fiance

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Bill West February 09, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Chris Dorner is probably NOT in the mountains freezing his butt off. He likely found a car or truck at some cabin, that had been left there. I'll bet he has escaped to a nice warm place and is sitting in a motel room, watching the police on TV, and blogs on a laptop.
jacksprat February 09, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Jane we as citizens have every right to protect ourselves, even when it involves an officer trying to break our thumbs...like they did you. @ Larus..I wish you a paiful death. You deserve no less.
mbj February 09, 2013 at 06:06 PM
your the type of person that DORNER talks about.... you get along to get along....pick a side hommie................try not to be in the middle...your just gettin in the way.............to say that you have some body lower that you..... says that your better than others...better at what....???staying in the middle.....f off....
jacksprat February 09, 2013 at 06:08 PM
We'll all get along as soon as changes are made within the corrupt LAPD
joe mc February 09, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Where is surpico when you most need him to disect coruption and what do the lapd fear ,, more to this story here folks ,,,,sorry for the familys of the dead
Teresa K. February 09, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Washy: I hear you on the media publishing stuff... But YOU just taught me something about designated drivers in the cop cars....lol.... I didnt know that info was public. But, the irony is: Mr. Dorner is doing what he's doing because of the media/public not being privy to information and corruption in the LAPD. From what I understand, the entire LAPD should be in hiding. ? Posting a picture of the shot up car isnt going to make the situation WORSE. As to yours and JimmyC's comment about the Media not looking out for anyone: its due to the MEDIA that this situation will indeed come to an end. Media is a two edged sword.
Michael Kuchenbrod February 09, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I hope he gets away with it! It's about time someone stood up to bullying police and all the corruption in the LA police force!
Nabil Al-Murabit February 09, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I'm wondering how long it'll be before a regressive mouth piece, say Glenn Beck, will put it out there that this dude is covertly working for Obama in an attempt to gin up support for gun control
Jose February 09, 2013 at 06:21 PM
The shots on the windshield tell me that he is a good shot. small group of holes on the driver side and a small group on the passenger side. That is what they teach you in the military. Former Marine.
Jose February 09, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Mary Hayes is 100% correct. You won't get the facts of what really happened with Dorner..Cops stick together and cover up each other mistake..When they shoot an unarmed man ?? They always get away with it , why ? they lie and make up excuses and no one cares.
mbj February 09, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Jose is a weak creature that depends on the corrupted LAPD ....go keep supporting these corruption your no better....and if they shoot your mom with out warning ...i think you will comment differently....yea God bless USA with more money, gun, corruption ,lies,hate, bigotry, racist ism, left, right, tea party, and all the devil philosophy......their jobs is to corrupting the system even more.......they suppose to show they are the best example.....but no shoot first ask later..... please don't police me..........ill do that my self........
Jose February 09, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Don't make a spelling mistake, Gary the police spelling cop is on you.
Jose February 09, 2013 at 06:37 PM
The cause of why people do what they do is cover up.. Dorner did mention reporting police abuse ? A mistake, cops who rat other cops are forced out. I had a similar experience where i used to work. Retired now thank god. Did i spell Dorner name correct ? I don't want Gary on my back. I hope my name have nothing to do with it ?
Jose February 09, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Mary i agree with you.. But Police have way too much authority today and they abuse it...Rodney king beating ? The only reason we know about it ? is because of the guy with a video cameras other wise cops would of cover it up. Same happens when they shoot an unarmed person, they make up excuses, like he put his hands in his pockets---he put his hand in his waits and they get away with murder. NYPD are on T.V. all the times for stopping minorities for no reason and searching them with no reason. Abuse of their authority.
Jose February 09, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Mary is correct. We will never know what really happened to Dorner , Cops do not rat each other out, those who do ?? end up like Dorner. Any cop who come forward and say Dorner complaints are correct ? The same thing will happen to them, they will force you out. cops hate cops who rat other cops is a fact.
Hugs not Hate February 09, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Emotions are high. Everyone can agree this is truly a tragic situation. Im sincerely sorry for the young woman, her boyfriend and officers who were shot. I'm equally horrified by the insane behavior of law enforcement shooting up neighborhoods and anyone who happens to be driving a truck placing a 71 year old woman in ICU. This man is innocent until proven guilty. We have seen criminals, serial killers, cop killers, Charles Mason etc who are truly evil. I have never seen law enforcement go after any individual with such venom. I have looked at this situation objectively. This young man was a productive solid citizen, star football player, he earned the title of Lt in the military protecting his country, he worked in the LAPD protecting people of Los ANGELES. I havent hear a single person who knew him personal during his lifetime say one bad thing about this man. His ex girlfriend calls him a Teddybear. My gut tells me that the two female officers involved in this situation had high ranking connections and saw to it this man was degraded, harrassed, and driven out of law enforcement to the point of insanity. LAPD could have easily reassigned him, saw that he received counciling and even a period of paid absence. Instead they chose to mark this man and create a monstrous situation which appears part Rambo First Blood and The Green Mile. For one I believe in God. May he protect and forgive us all and lead all of us including members of LAPD in a better path.
Greg H February 09, 2013 at 07:12 PM
This guy was a big fan of the radical Left,read the manifesto
Annie G. February 09, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Renee, I believe the racist comments by the troll Jeff need to go.
JOE February 09, 2013 at 07:30 PM
You are a dimwit. I have lived in London, Liverpool and Birmingham and crime/criminals come in all colors. Hence disabuse if you can.
JOE February 09, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Go say that to CJD and see what comes through brain!!
JOE February 09, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Go say that to CJD and see what comes through your pee-brain!!
JOE February 09, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Jeff is an idiot. He only sounds off his racism behind his computer. I bet he is a wimp in person!!
Hugs not hate February 09, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Might I add that the circumstance of Dorner's dismissal from LAPD were on a she said he said basis. There is no actual evidence or proof this man made false statements against another officer to prompt LAPD to take such harsh drastic actions of dismissal. I would really like to know how many similiar cases within LAPD have resulted in the same disciplinary dismissal as Dorners? It really makes me question "was he" singled out and railroaded? Hopefully LAPD with rethink and adjust the way they handle none evidential discipline cases like Dorner's in the future.
Victim 2 February 09, 2013 at 08:06 PM
All I can say is, until your a victim of police brutality for no reason, will you know the emotions of hatred that can stir up in you. With out going into details, at 21 yrs old my younger brother and I were almost killed by NY cops, because we accidentally drove down a st. That was supposedly blocked off. We group up in an affluent suburb, so we had no reason not to trust or disrespect cops. What these drunken cops did to us was sad indeed. Yes i smelled the licker in their breath as they poured out of that manhattan precinct to prey on two slim young men while shouting racial adjactives If we had served any time in jail, which they try to sentence us, I promiss you there would of been one less cop walking the earth today
steve l February 09, 2013 at 11:43 PM
beaumontdave February 10, 2013 at 02:17 AM
yeh, cause killing an innocent woman and her fiancé as well as a Riverside cop, is standing up to the LAPD. Maybe someday someone will hurt or kill somebody you care about as part of their "noble" crusade against bullying and corruption. When that happens, be sure to come back on the blog and reiterate your support for that murderer's mission.
beaumontdave February 10, 2013 at 02:37 AM
I understand hate and I know hand what getting pushed around and disrespected by cops feels like, so I get your anger, but to take one or even more bad experiences with one or two cops and generalize that feeling to all law enforcement is as much a form of prejudice as any other. Cops are people, there's good ones and bad ones, and their entitled to be judged individually, on their individual merits and actions, just like the rest of us.
Rage February 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Sounds like you've had your orifices filled plenty of times in the big house. No need to put your memories you have every night on others Leo.
Vito Spago February 10, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Now do you see why the NRA has a point about not letting the gov take our guns and letting the cops 'cops' protect us? We are all on our own for our protection. Gun grabbers cannot take away our second amendment rights. Otherwise we will be victims of the moron LAPD and others like them.
Ike February 14, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Dorner murdered a girl and her fiancee while they were in their car in a parking garage, because the girl was the daughter of an ex-LAPD captain who Dorner thought represented him poorly at his hearing. Yeah, he's a real courageous warrior for justice. If only he could have murdered more innocent young people who didn't even know who he was.


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