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MANHUNT: SoCal Police Officers Ambushed, 1 Dead; Gunman Sought

Police say that a man linked to the death of an Irvine couple-- a disgraced LAPD officer-- shot three police officers in Riverside and Corona this morning, killing one. A 'blue alert' has been issued in Riverside, LA, San Bernardino and San Di

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

 

Friday coverage:

Update 7:33 p.m.: DORNER MANHUNT: Armed Deputies Vigilant on Snowbound Mountain Roads

A manhunt in winter storm conditions for an accused cop-killer and triple-homicide suspect in the mountainous Big Bear area north of Yucaipa has been suspended overnight, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said just before 5 p.m. Friday.

More than 100 heavily-armed law enforcement officers took part in the search Friday for Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD who is believed to be armed with assault weapons. He is suspected of killing a Riverside police officer Thursday morning, and a college basketball coach from Walnut and her fiance in Irvine on Sunday.

"Deputies who have been participating in the ground search will be coming off of the mountain following sundown," sheriff's officials said in a statement. "Additional patrol deputies from throughout San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department will remain on the mountain and continue patrolling the Big Bear Valley."


Update 2:13 p.m.: DORNER MANHUNT: Armed Deputies Vigilant on Snowbound Mountain Roads

Local, state and federal officers were searching an estimated eight square miles of mountain forest near Big Bear ski areas and the manmade reservoir at elevations above 6,700 feet, in the midst of a winter storm warning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"Search personnel are utilizing a Snowcat and an armored personnel carrier equipped with snow chains to transport them into the mountain areas where they are searching approximately 200 vacant cabins," sheriff's personnel said in a statement.

Update 11:43 a.m.: DORNER MANHUNT: Armed Deputies Vigilant on Snowbound Mountain Roads

The manhunt for a rogue ex-LAPD officer and triple-homicide suspect who believes he is seeking vengeance continued Friday in the Big Bear area northeast of Redlands and Loma Linda, while armed deputies manned checkpoints on snowbound roads into and out of the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Thursday coverage:

Update 9:13 p.m. The manhunt for a rogue ex-LAPD officer and triple-homicide suspect who believes he is seeking vengeance will continue through the night in the Big Bear area, a San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman said in a statement distributed just after 9 p.m. Thursday... read rest of update here.

Update 5:58 p.m. An extensive search for a rogue former LAPD officer and triple-homicide suspect includes SWAT officers, deputies, state and federal agents, as well as San Bernardino County sheriff's aviation personnel... read rest of update here.

Update 5:38 p.m. More than 120 law enforcement officers were involved in the search in the Big Bear area for Christopher Jordan Dorner, a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD and wanted in connection with three killings, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told reporters during a news conference Thursday evening.

Investigators followed fresh tracks in snow from the burned-out vehicle confirmed to be Dorner's Nissan Titan, but the tracks did not lead to Dorner, McMahon said.

Update 3 p.m.: 

Update 2 p.m.:  

Representatives from the Riverside Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department and the Corona Police Department described the search for an ex-LAPD officer wanted in connection to multiple murders.

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UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS: Watch the Police Dorner Press Conference Live

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A Riverside police officer was shot to death today and one was wounded by a gunman believed to Christopher Jordan Dorner, the fired Los Angeles Police Department Officer wanted for the revenge slayings of a college basketball coach from Walnut and her fiance in Irvine, police said.

The gunman, who fled after shooting, ambushed the two Riverside officers while they were stopped at a red light, said Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint, adding that the two were on patrol and not searching for Dorner.

The wounded Riverside officer was undergoing surgery this morning, Toussaint said.

Before the Riverside shooting, a shootout in Corona also believed to have involved Dorner left a Los Angeles police officer with a graze wound but his partner was not hurt, police said. The officer is assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Station, said Newton Station Sgt. Ike Ornelas.

Now, the CHP has issued what they call a "blue alert," a system similar to Amber Alerts in which law enforcement asks the media to send out information to the public because the "violent" suspect is "an imminent threat to the public or other law enforcement personnel."

The LAPD sent out the following information in their alert at 6:25 a.m.: 

  • THE SUSPECT IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS*
  • A BLUE ALERT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: KERN, SANTA BARBARA, VENTURA, LOS ANGELES, SAN BERNARDINO, ORANGE, RIVERSIDE, SAN DIEGO, AND IMPERIAL.
  • ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013, AT APPROXIMATELY 0122 HOURS, THE SUSPECT WAS INVOLVED IN MULTIPLE SHOOTINGS WITH MULTIPLE AGENCIES IN THE RIVERSIDE CHP AREA.
  • THE SUSPECT IS CHRISTOPHER JORDAN DORNER, A 33 YEAR OLD, BLACK, MALE, 6 FEET TALL, 270 POUNDS, WITH BLACK HAIR, BROWN EYES, WITH AN UNKNOWN CLOTHING DESCRIPTION.
  • THE SUSPECT WAS LAST SEEN DRIVING A 2005 BLUE OR GRAY NISSAN TITAN, WITH A CA LICENSE PLATE OF 8D83987 or 7X09131 - THE SUSPECT MAY BE SWTICHING BETWEEN THE TWO LICENSE PLATES.
  • THE VEHICLE ALSO HAS SKI RACKS ON ITS ROOF.
  • IF SEEN CONTACT 9-1-1

Dorner, a U.S. Navy reservist whose last known address was in the 4900 block of Sharon Drive in La Palma, was represented in the hearing that resulted in his firing by Randy Quan, the father of Monica Quan, slain with Keith Lawrence, Irvine Police Department Chief David Maggard said at a news conference Wednesday night.

Dorner, 33, posted a multi-page manifesto online Monday, saying he didn't mind dying because he already died when he was fired from the LAPD, Maggard said.

He wrote that it had been his life's ambition to be an LAPD officer since he served in the Explorer program, and he blamed Randy Quan, a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer, for his firing.

"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own ... (so) I am terminating yours," Dorner wrote to Randy Quan.

The LAPD's elite Metropolitan squad was sent to protect people mentioned in Dorner's manifesto.

The LAPD issued a statement Wednesday saying it was taking the threats "very seriously," implementing "all measures possible to ensure the safety of our LAPD personnel, their families and the Los Angeles community, and will continue to do so until Dorner is apprehended and all threats have been abated."

Dorner worked as a police officer from Feb. 7, 2005 until Sept. 4, 2008, "when his employment was terminated," police said. He was fired for allegedly making false statements about his training officer.

Dorner is black, 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds. He has been driving a blue 2005 Nissan Titan pickup, Maggard said.

Anyone encountering Dorner should consider him "armed and extremely dangerous" and should not approach or try contacting him but instead call 911 immediately, police said.

A tip line has been established, (949) 724-7192.

Police who received a call at 9:10 p.m. Sunday about a person slumped over in a parked car at 2100 Scholarship found the recently engaged Quan and Lawrence dead in Lawrence's Kia, which was parked at the top of the five-story structure for the building where they lived.

There was no evidence Lawrence and 28-year-old Monica Quan were being robbed, said Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen, who noted that the high-density residential community is highly secure with key card access only.

Irvine had two slayings in both 2011 and 2012, according to Engen, who said overall violent crime is at "historic lows" in the city.

Monica Quan was in her second season as an assistant coach for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team after holding a similar position at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

The couple met while at Concordia University in Irvine, where they both played basketball. Lawrence was seeking a career in law enforcement, which made him a good match for Monica Quan because her father was an LAPD officer, friends said.

The 27-year-old Lawrence, who graduated from the Ventura County Sheriff's Academy, was working as a patrol officer at USC's Department of Public Safety. He joined the department in August, said Carl Marziali, USC's assistant vice president of media relations.

Monica Quan was a star athlete at Walnut High School, then played at Cal State Long Beach from 2003-05 before transferring to Concordia University, where she graduated in 2007 with a degree in exercise and sports science. She received a master's degree from Concordia in 2009.

Autopsies on the bodies of Lawrence and Monica Quan were completed Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

"The coroner determined that both died of multiple gunshot wounds," Amormino said. "No further information will be released at this time."

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--City News Service contributed to this report.

Carol Stull February 08, 2013 at 04:29 PM
To justify shooting up the newspaper delivery truck and other collateral damage the LAPD LIED and said the truck had its headlights turned off when in fact their high beams were on. "Blinded by the light" could have been used I guess.
Nisha February 08, 2013 at 04:32 PM
@ Jolly Roger...and this is your contribution to the conversation regarding the ongoing trajedy?? And to think you are out here amongst the rest of us...smh...
Robert Corona February 08, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I don't think the two ladies that the trigger happy cops shot will be delivering newspapers too much longer.. with the dough they gonna get from the city, they might be buying the Times.. Wonder what Charlie has to say about this episode?
Gary February 08, 2013 at 04:47 PM
And you look like an anorexic mutant cartoon. This event is horrible enough, but you think throwing some racist jokes in is appropriate?
Larry S February 08, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I'm trying to figure out why I see more racist comments on Palm Desert Patch than on any other Patch website. Sad.
Victor S Dominguez February 08, 2013 at 05:36 PM
LAPD on two occasions have displayed shoot to kill first before making a positive ID on the suspect causing two women to be shot. So that tells me, when LAPD has confirmation they would have killed Jason Bourne without bringing him to justice, that concerns me. In order to find the truth this man needs to be brought to justice, not killed on the spot by the LAPD.
Sherry Raymond February 08, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I just wonder what will happen . . .NOW . . if anything, re: the "code" among LA police officers? This Guy, Dorner, has opened up a possible pandora's box. He obviously is psychotic . . he rambles and goes into details about different celebrities, etc. and THINKS that he can clear his name by killing cops and their families. Anyone with half a mind could diagnose delusional and maladaptive behavior/thinking from that notion. How he managed to hold it together all those years before this killing spree is anyone's guess. But the underlying scenario here, his motive for being a whistleblower in the first place, is certainly questionable-- to say the least-- and one wonders just how cloudy and biased these "closed communities" are, i.e., law enforcement departments in these large cities? It's very sad to see that innocent people are killed in order to bring light on something that may have a valid reason for investigation. But, needless to say, he needs to be stopped before more tragedy occurs.
Jeffrey Sabatini February 08, 2013 at 06:12 PM
So you're not just an anarchist here only to cause trouble, pick fights and insult people... now we see you are also a racist. So what's next, Jew-jokes and xenophobic references? This is why cowards like you always hide behind alias/avatars, and why the Patch changed their TOS requiring bloggers to use their real names and take full responsibility for their posts. If the Patch changes their TOS to do the same with comments... everyone effected who used their alias/avatars responsibly and respectfully can thank you directly.
gary February 08, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Jolly Roger is from Beaumont- thats sad.
desertpatriot February 08, 2013 at 06:32 PM
jeff, you need to chill. does humor ever enter into your boring life?
desertpatriot February 08, 2013 at 06:34 PM
agreed. beaumont must be a sad place to call home
Vito Spago February 08, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Seems the LAPD not only want to stop the killings, they want to silence Dorner. Wonder if Dorner was telling the truth about that beating cover up. Of course, that is not a reason to kill people. However, was Officer Quan involved in a cover up of this beating? Did Officer Quan work to get Dorner fired to get rid of a 'pest'.
desertpatriot February 08, 2013 at 06:39 PM
victor, when you disobey basic police commands (i.e. hand signals to stop) then you're gonna get wacked. these two illegal aliens delivering papers had it coming
Carol Stull February 08, 2013 at 06:49 PM
How many times has the LAPD been "investigated" in the last 50 years - a bunch and what has changed since "LA Confidential" ? Same old thin blue line doing what's good for them from illegal property confiscation, dealing drugs to forming their own gangs. To fix it you'd have to flush the whole pile of crap down the toilet and start fresh.
Jolly Roger February 08, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Yes, this is my contribution, which is much more useful than yours. Humor and satire is rooted in traGedy. Those who focus on spreading fear, such as you, only contribute to the mayhem. Considering the rest of you are raving about a corrupt justice system (born of fear) or think we should be afraid to go outside during this ordeal, no, I do not consider myself amongst peers. I see the world how it is, not as some prime time soap opera.
Jeffrey Sabatini February 08, 2013 at 07:18 PM
The reason is simple Larry. Cowards racists and anarchists always hide behind alias & avatars allowing them to spread their hate anonymously. As we saw during the last election, hate speech from all sides rocked every social media. Now that the election is past, such political-cyber-operative-legends-in-their-own-minds found they liked being bullies. Now armed with multiple identities they cruise the blogs making insane, racist and insulting posts. Sometimes even arguing with themselves between accounts just to stir up the sierra & get their sick fix. This is why the Patch and other blog sites have changed their TOS to only allow blogs from authors using their real name. Yes, the majority use their alias & avatars responsibly and respect everyone's right to express an honest opinion in a safe environment. But as the world turns, it's always the many who will eventually suffer for the irresponsible hate speech from the few. And sooner or later the TOS will change for comments as well. Sooner or later the haters always post something over the TOS edge and get banned. Unfortunately until then, the best we can do is ignore such fools and hope they get bored and leave on their own.
Jolly Roger February 08, 2013 at 07:22 PM
How is my comment racist? If you somehow think that my comment is racist that would be because you are reading it through your racist filter. This says more about you than me… Also, why is Beaumont such a sad place to call home? Let’s see an intelligent response…
Jolly Roger February 08, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Desertpatriot, the only sad thing here is that you think for some reason these two women were illegal aliens and that justifies being shot. Living in the desert must be sad.
desertpatriot February 08, 2013 at 07:49 PM
jr, just ignore this sad-sack. he's your typical left-leaning, 'the world isn't fair', obummer supporter who's drowning in his own misery. those who offer a differing opinion are instantly labeled racist, hate monger, tea-bagger, homophobe etc.
Jolly Roger February 08, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Desertpatriot, you’re right. Notice how you assume that I decent from your opinion and I get labeled a racist and depressed? Very interesting. Jeffrey, Roger is my name and I’m a happy guy (despite what deserpatriot may think). How is my name any more an alias than Larry S? Notice most of the people here only use their first name and don’t have an avatar. I sense that you’re still a little upset for me calling you out on your playground style debating tactics.
desertpatriot February 08, 2013 at 08:02 PM
jr, -wrong. l.a. is a sanctuary city chock full of illegal aliens who originate from the countryside (campesinos). they generally haven't a clue as to how to behave in the big city i.e. obey police commands. i'm from l.a., i've seen this behavior many times before, i saw these two women on tv last night and it all fits. no innocent person deserves to be shot but when police orders are disobeyed then...
Jolly Roger February 08, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Dude. That seems a little bit like profiling. Even if these women were illegal aliens (notice they were working, unlike many Americans that feel so entitled) and they disobeyed police orders, I’m not sure that warrants a death sentence. This whole thing is unfortunate but the police should have expressed a little more discretion.
Washy February 08, 2013 at 09:54 PM
BTW the women (who were NOT illegal or Mexican) were not even in the right color or kind of truck Check out the picture and these (not Mexican) women are very lucky to be alive http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/ex-cop-manhunt-newspaper-delivery-women-shot.html Desert Dummy every time you post you show us how little there is to you and your brain
desertpatriot February 08, 2013 at 10:23 PM
j.r., with all due respect if i'm racially profiling and being politically incorrect then all the better - i really don't give a rat's-@ss. again i repeat, no innocent people deserve to be shot. to get an idea what the lapd are up against each day spend a summer in that human wasteland. you'll discover the boys in blue have got their hands full with gang-bangers who consider it a badge of honor to kill a policeman, illegals who have no respect for this country (they're just here to suck us dry)and lawyers who defend them. sometimes police make mistakes –they’re only human
desertpatriot February 08, 2013 at 10:26 PM
"...I’m a happy guy (despite what deserpatriot may think" i was just poking fun at gary
desertpatriot February 08, 2013 at 10:35 PM
wishy-washy, where in this l.a. times article does it show a photo of the victims? oh, what's this…it doesn't? open mouth, put foot inside… note: before opening your pie hole do a little research. jeez, you're as dumb as a box of rocks
Washy February 08, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Desert Dummy that pic was of the truck (like it says in my post) to show it had not one little bit of resemblance to the Titan being looked for their names (although they are not in that article) have been published today. If you cared you would have done research before you opened your foul mouth. WE do not need shaky cops on the streets shooting up people out doing their job. In all likely hood (based on the pay for that work) their second job. I am sorry Desert Dummy that you are an angry man in pain. I am done responding to you as you quite frankly are not worth the time
desertpatriot February 08, 2013 at 11:14 PM
"BTW the women (who were NOT illegal or Mexican)..." again, where in this l.a. times article does it show a photo of the women you described? in other words YOU DO NOT KNOW. please, for the love of mike shut the @#$% up!
jeff February 09, 2013 at 03:14 PM
read all about it.. voter fraud from the white house. Only won states that did not require photo ID to vote. Lost all that did require. won county polls with more votes than were registered in key swing states of FL, OH, VA, WI Had 100% of votes in some county polls with supposedly Romney not receiving 1 single vote. Statistically impossible!
Jolly Roger February 09, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Patriot, I could care less if you’re P.C. or not. You’re not going to offend me. All I’m saying is that your logic seems to be a little flawed (disregard to critical thinking is the only thing I really take offense to). I have never met an illegal that isn’t trying to make a better life for themselves and their family (this is a generalization, I’m sure there are a few out there trying to take advantage of the system but there are also a couple of bad cops out there, does this justify labeling all cops bad?). Most illegals are very hard working and are trying to get away from the areas where the drug cartels are leaving heads along the sides of the roads to mark territory. If you think LA is bad, try Juarez. I wonder if you would consider trading our bums for illegals.

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