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TIMELINE: How the Events Surrounding Christopher Dorner Unfolded

Christopher Dorner is accused of killing the daughter of a retired Los Angeles Police Department captain and her fiance. He is also suspected of killing a Riverside Police officer and injuring his partner.

Law-enforcement is still on the hunt for a former Los Angeles Police officer who is suspected of committing three revenge killings in retaliation for his firing from the department.

The focus of the search for Christopher J. Dorner has turned to the Big Bear area, where San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said his car was found destroyed by fire. Authorities searched all Thursday night for Dorner.

Here is the timeline of events surrounding Dorner’s case:

  • Jan. 21: A Facebook page is created for Chris Dorner that includes several pictures of the former officer. Eventually it would include what is now known as his manifesto in which he explains who his targets are and why he feels wronged.
  • Feb. 3: Monica Quan, a basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton and former star athlete at Walnut High School, and her fiancée Keith Lawrence, were found shot dead in their vehicle. The couple had been sitting in the parking structure near their Irvine apartment.
  • Feb. 6: Dorner is named as the suspect in the death of Quan and Lawrence. Details of Dorner’s vendetta begin to emerge.
  • Feb. 6: San Diego County officials say they suspect Dorner tried to steal a boat from an 81-year-old man at Point Loma late that night. About 2 a.m. Thursday, a witness in the area reported finding a badge and briefcase that appeared to belong to Dorner, according to media reports.
  • Feb. 7: A gray Nissan Titan pickup truck was spotted around 1:20 a.m. Thursday in the Corona area by a resident who alerted a pair of LAPD officers en route to protect someone named in the manifesto. The officers were trying to catch up to the vehicle near Interstate 15 and Magnolia Avenue when Dorner allegedly opened fire on them, grazing one officer in the head.
  • Feb. 7: Shortly after the first shooting, Dorner reportedly ambushed two Riverside Police officers while they were stopped at a red light in the area of Magnolia and Arlington avenues. An 11-year veteran of the force was killed. The second officer was seriously injured.
  • Feb. 7: About 8:30 a.m., Dorner’s burned out truck was found in the area of Forest Road 2N10 and Club View in Big Bear Lake. About 2:30 p.m., deputies were able to confirm the vehicle belonged to Christopher Dorner.
  • Feb. 8: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials conducted on all night search of several hundred empty mountain cabins in Big Bear Lake. By Friday morning it was not clear if Dorner was in the area. The incident prompted the closing of the local school district.

City News Service contributed to this report.

William Kostric February 09, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Perhaps you can add the when the LAPD opened fire on two unarmed Asian ladies delivering newspapers to the timeline? The public deserves the whole story. This is exactly the type of behavior Dorner was describing in his manifesto. Police destroy private property, shoot civilians and there are no consequences.
JustUs February 09, 2013 at 04:29 AM
William, the way the game is played the media will focus on Dorner being the bad guy and the cops being the good guys. The media carries the water for the cops. That is plainly obvious. None of them will call for an investigation into Dorner's termination and follow up on the claims that Dorner made in his manifesto. There's no doubt that Dorner is a bad guy. But the other side to the equation is really not much better. And now the damage control starts. The cover up. The 'internal whitewash'. We will never get the truth from LAPD about what happened. Unless the Feds jump in and investigate we'll never find out what really happened and Dorner's claims will never get addressed. It's circle the wagon time, sir. If we've seen it once we've seen it a thousand times!
pam topper February 09, 2013 at 06:03 AM
How can they justify shooting 2 women? mistaken identity really,REALLY? Mistaken for what? Why shoot ? How do you shoot someone in the back by mistsken them for someone else? We need anwsers!
JustUs February 09, 2013 at 06:42 AM
They can't. There'll be a quick settlement behind closed doors and everything will get buried. Humans have real short memories.
pam topper February 09, 2013 at 07:22 AM
So sad they said mistaken identity ,really let a citizen try that and see what happens sorry sorry judge I thought it was someone was trying to kill my Family, so I shot them in the back cuz the truck kind of look like his. Do you think that will work in court? Can't wait to see how this one plays out!!!
pam topper February 09, 2013 at 09:49 AM
I'm just waiting the hear the officer feared for his life excuse!all I can say to that is if the officer is so scared of two women in a truck that kind of looks like someone their looking for truck he has to shoot them in the back he has no business. Being an officer !
Wilma Franks February 09, 2013 at 03:38 PM
They shot those two women because they are angry that Dorner has exposed them for the corrupt organization that they are. They shoot two women and call it a mistake. Droner murders three people (I do not condone that) to draw attention to the corruption in the LAPD and he's a muderer. Yet the military forces in the middle east are ordered kill innocent families and they call it war.
big aunt harry mary February 09, 2013 at 05:04 PM
thats right .. "blow him up" a little more... leave it alone. he's a clod blooded killer and he's picking random targets because he can.. if he had any huevos at all, he'd be in L.A. shooting those who wronged him and not random cops or anyone else.. like most criminals, HE'S RUNNING LIKE A SISSY !! no one gives a damn what set him off.. he has isue in one place... not in public and not involving anyone else but those who he says "did him wrong".... now he's a killer and deserves nothing more than what he's giving, A BULLET !!!
William Kostric February 09, 2013 at 09:16 PM
No, he isn't picking random targets. The police on the other hand have opened fire on civilians.
JustUs February 09, 2013 at 09:46 PM
But the police are the "King's Men", William. The system protects them. They are allowed to shoot innocent 71 year old women in the back twice and keep their jobs. The taxpayers will pay for their sins. We are like walking ATM machines to them. And that's why they never change. Because they know whatever civil rights they violate that WE will pay for while they keep their jobs and all their money. That's how the system is designed. For they are the "King's Men"!!! ;^)
Alek J Hidell February 09, 2013 at 11:03 PM
This real-life Django isn't shooting black people, is he?
daphne February 10, 2013 at 03:56 AM
why does it matter what color the people are, dummy...
Rob Wiley February 10, 2013 at 04:41 AM
By all means Dorner is the bad guy. Hmmm, I wonder who turned him into the bad guy. I wonder if his colleagues stood by his side and didn't cover up his claims and then fire him, would he be going around killing people??? Would he still be the bad guy or the good guy in uniform??
Justice ForAll February 10, 2013 at 04:16 PM
First of all, the person he shot in Cornona was part of the Manifesto, if you're going to state something as fact, please read them first. The reason he shot the officers in Riverside, besides being mentally right, is he had just shot the Corona officer on his "list". The riverside officers had seen his truck, called in for a plate check, Bad Guy Dorner was monitoring it, and shot and ran up the mountain! The Corona man/off duty LAPD officer did not deserve to be shot, but he was in Dorners 'list'! I really hope Dorner didn't give his vehicle to joy riders, if so, none are safe!! A d next, I've lived in Big Bear, there's only a few ways off that mountain, WHY haven't they locked up like border patrol???? STUPID!! The newspaper delievers have already offered their new truck, I'm sure cash is part of the deal. Sad, you know they needed money. No one wakes up at 2-3 AM 7 days a week because they're loaded!! Shot in the backs!!!!! I want that entire story!!! Eyewitnesses??
Justice ForAll February 10, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Typo-NOT mentally right!!!!
desertpatriot February 10, 2013 at 04:51 PM
"...opened fire on two unarmed Asian ladies..." for the record they were campesinas, not asian
sarahJ February 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM
How many of you put you're life on the line for strangers every day? Most of your posts are moronic. When you fight for our country, our cities, to protect people you don't even know, when you leave your own family everyday to protect other families, then maybe you can item you stupid mouths.
OBAMABUBBLEBOY February 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM
SarahJ people would need the PD much less if there was a conceal and carry law for all citizens in California. Statistics show crime goes down in states that has this type of law. States like Illinois that have laws that prevent citizens from carrying have MORE gun violence. BUT California PD's know there would be a need for less officers with a conceal and carry law in place The public employee unions will support no law that lowers crime and creates less of a need for police.
William Kostric February 11, 2013 at 02:01 AM
The real question is, how many of us shoot unarmed women? The answer is none of us, only the LAPD does that. http://www.examiner.com/article/lapd-shoots-71-year-old-woman-and-her-daughter-by-mistake-during-dorner-manhunt
beaumontdave February 11, 2013 at 02:43 AM
He would still be disturbed. Getting fired doesn't turn anybody into a cold-blooded killer. He still feels wronged for getting a swat in school. Read his manifesto. He doesn't take any responsibility for anything . Would you want this guy as a cop?
beaumontdave February 11, 2013 at 02:51 AM
There you go. Let's all go back to the wild west, when law was few and far between, and everybody had guns, and the world was so much safer. Except now, there 30 odd million folks in the state so the gunfights are likely to be more spectacular.
William Kostric February 11, 2013 at 04:40 AM
"Would you want this guy as a cop?" Better him than the ones that opened fire on those two ladies.
JC February 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Chicago has a gun ban.... and they have the highest homicide shooting rate. Maybe it's because none of the good guys have guns, but then none of this has to do with Dorner
John Nielsen February 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM
What a sad collection of comments


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