The police are conducting a massive manhunt for an ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is believed to have killed a police officer and wounded two. He is also accused of killing the daughter of his former police union representative and her fiance.
(Scroll down to the end of the article to read excerpts from Dorner's manifesto.)
CNN reports police believe that the ex-cop, on two separate occasions, shot at three officers. He killed one and wounded two. The shooting encounters with police officers came after he allegedly killed Monica Quan, 27, and her fiance Keith Lawrence.
Monica was the daughter of retired Los Angeles police Officer Randal Quan. The alleged murder of Ms. Quan and her fiance appears to have been in revenge for what Dorner believes was Randal Quan's mishandling of his appeal effort after he was fired from LAPD.
The Daily Mail reports that according to Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino, autopsies showed that Quan and her fiance Lawrence, were killed by several gunshot wounds while they stood in the parking lot at their condominium residence in Irvine.
According to the CNN, Navy spokesman Cmdr. Brad Fagan, said that after he killed Ms. Quan and her fiance on Sunday, Dorner checked into the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites on San Diego's naval base. According to Fagan, he gained access to the hotel because he had been honorably discharged from the Navy Reserve. Fagan, however, told reporters that Dorner did not "physically check out of the hotel."
Dorner retired from the Navy on February 1 as a lieutenant. He has full military training. CNN reports that according to Pentagon records, he served with mobile inshore undersea warfare units and provided security on oil platforms in Iraq. He is rated as a rifle marksman and pistol expert, military records say.
Police in San Diego say that on Wednesday, after Dorner allegedly checked out of the hotel at the naval base, a man believed to be him attempted to hijack a boat in what appears a botched attempt to escape to Mexico.
But in another incident that stretched the resources of authorities on his trail, the search for Dorner moved 100 miles north to Corona, California, where two LAPD officers were informed by a member of the public who saw what appeared Dorner's vehicle. The officers chased the vehicle and caught up with it on Interstate 15. A police spokesman said: "The officers were fired upon with a shoulder weapon." The officers returned fire but the suspect managed to escape after wounding one of the officers and shooting up their vehicle such that they were unable to give chase.
The next incident involved two police officers in their car in Riverside. Dorner pulled up beside the car and opened fire, riddling the car with bullets and killing a 34-year-old police trainer, who had been in the police force for 11 years. His companion, a 27-year-old trainee, was seriously wounded but "we expect a full recovery," a Riverside police spokesman told reporters.
Dorner's 11-page manifesto
Dorner's 11-page manifesto is attracting a lot of attention after the incidents. In the manifesto, he promised "war on police and their families."
According to CNN, Christopher Jordan Dorner is a 270-pound former Navy lieutenant who claims that some LAPD officers, including Randal Quan, whose daughter and fiance he killed, ruined his life by forcing him to retire from his chosen career with the police force.
In his 11-page manifesto, Dorner blames Quan for bungling the appeal to get his job back. He also complained of mistreatment by LAPD. He vowed in his manifesto to target police officers and their families for reprisals.
In a chilling statement, he said: "I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty. I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours."
His attack on police officers on duty in Riverside appears an attempt to fulfill his threat because it was unprovoked.
CNN reports that Riverside police chief Sergion Diaz, speaking after the fatal attack on his officers, said, "My opinion of the suspect is unprintable. The manifesto, I think, speaks for itself (as) evidence of a depraved and abandoned mind and heart."
Suspected Killer Christopher Dorner
LAPD handout picture
Dorner's grouse against the police
The Daily Mail reports that the emerging portrait of Dorner is that of man preoccupied with notions that he is being persecuted for speaking up against injustice.
He attended Southern Utah University where he played football as a running back and from where he graduated in 2001 with a degree in political science.
According to the Daily Mail, he was one of the very few black students at Utah, and also one of the few non-Mormon students. In his manifesto, he vents anger against Mormonism, expressing the hope the Mormons would "burn slowly in a fire."
His trouble with the police began in 2007, during an incident in San Pedro in which he complained that a superior police officer kicked a man after he had given himself up. Investigations reportedly failed to substantiate his claims, according to the official version of the story. According to The Huffiington Post, Dorner alleged that in the course of an arrest at a hotel, his superior officer kicked suspect Christopher Gettler, reportedly a schizophrenic with severe dementia. The victim's father Richard Gettler, gave testimony that agreed with Dorner's, The Huffington Post reports.
Richard Gettler said that when he saw his son on July 28, 2007, after the arrest, he asked him "if he had been in a fight because his face was puffy." His son told him that he was kicked twice in the chest by a police officer.
But under circumstances that remain unclear, Dorner was fired on the charge that he made false statements. However, in his manifesto, Dorner claims he was fired for violating an unwritten police code in which cops do not report against their fellows.
According to the CNN, an official report claimed that "the delay in reporting the alleged misconduct coupled with the witness' statements irreparably destroy Dorner's credibility."
The report said that the irreconcilable accounts by the arrested man, his father, three hotel employees and the accused officer made it impossible to ascertain that the officer had actually kicked the man after he was arrested.
After he was dismissed on the grounds that he made a false statement, he accused the authorities of victimization, saying he was fired for blowing the whistle on a case of police brutality.
He fought his dismissal for years, during which his appeal was rejected by the police department's Board of Rights and finally, according to court records, in October 2011 when a judge ruled against him.
CNN reports that police authorities insist that his case was "thoroughly reviewed" and that his dismissal was in order. However, in his manifesto, he states his grouse against he department, claiming he was victimized for reporting police brutality. He accused the department of racism and promised retributive justice through "warfare."
He wrote with a chilling note of finality that his attacks on officers and their families were "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."
He continued: "Look your wives/husbands and surviving children directly in the face and tell them the truth as to why your children are dead."
Although his manifesto serves clear evidence of a deeply disturbed person (read excerpts from Dorner's "manifesto" below) whose instability was accentuated by the circumstances of his dismissal from the police force, more light needs to be shed on the circumstances of his dismissal.
Dorners "war" against LAPD
Police are worried about Dorner's threat because of his background as an officer with rigorous military training. He has received medals in the Iraq war and earned honors for his marksmanship, including a rifle marksman ribbon and pistol expert medal, according to CBS. He was also deployed to Bahrain and Kuwait in 2006 and 2007 as a Naval reserve.
Police say Dorner is highly trained and tactically skilled. His promise "to bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty" is worrisome. He is believed to be armed with weapons, including an assault rifle. Based on his manifesto, officers fear he could be armed with a rocket launcher.
He wrote: "Do not deploy airships or gunships. SA-7 Manpads will be waiting." The Daily Mail explains that an SA-7 Manpad is a Russian-made shoulder-launched missile launcher.
Police officers betray their nervousness in the unfolding drama when on two separate occasions, they fired on a vehicle that matched the description of his vehicle. According to police Chief Charlie Beck, in Torrance, officers opened fire on a blue pickup truck they mistook for Dorner's. Two innocent people were wounded in the incident. In a separate incident, officers opened fire on another blue pickup truck, but this time no one was injured.
Beck, reflecting the concern among officers about Dorner's capabilities, said: "Of course, he knows what he's doing. We trained him. He was also a member of the armed forces. It is extremely worrisome and scary, especially to the officers involved."
An intensive manhunt for Dorner began around Big Bear Lake in the National Forest, 100 miles east of Los Angeles, where a pick-up truck authorities believe was used in the fatal Riverside attack was found on Thursday. CNN reports that San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, said the vehicle was found burnt, but it was identified by its number. However, the officer admitted the truck could be a deliberate diversionary tactic.
McMahon, said: "He could be anywhere at this point, and that's why we're searching door to door."
The Daily Mail reports that intensive search in the locality of the Big Bear ski resort in Southern California failed to yield any results. The police conducted the intensive search with bloodhounds and SWAT officers in combat fatigues who tracked footprints in the snow while over 100 officers conducted a thorough house-to-house search of every home in the community of about 400.
According to the Daily Mail, officials now say it is unlikely that he is still in the area and they have widened their search, describing him as "armed and extremely dangerous." Officers fear he may now be far away from California. In the confusion during the manhunt around the Big Bear resort, police received a number of tips, one of which turned out a deliberate hoax.
Dorner's media war
Before he killed Quan and her fiance, Dorner sent a package to CNN's Anderson Cooper. The package was received at the CNN office in New York on February 1.
The package included a bullet-riddled souvenir coin reportedly given to him by an LAPD police chief who was later involved in his dismissal from the department.
The package also included a DVD and notes in which he made his mission statement clear and alleged that he was fired for reporting a superior officer guilty of brutality. He described the LAPD as "corrupt."
Cooper, speaking on his unwitting involvement in the affair, said: "Dorner had written a lengthy manifesto on his Facebook page naming a number of reporters and he mentioned me. He said I should stop interrupting guests."
Parts of the manifesto, according to The Huffington Post, reads:
"I know I will be vilified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, 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 ... The question is, what would you do to clear your name?
"A name is more than just a noun, verb, or adjective. It’s your life, your legacy, your journey, sacrifices, and everything you've worked hard for every day of your life as and adolescent, young adult and adult. Don’t let anybody tarnish it when you know you've live up to your own set of ethics and personal ethos.
"Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared. That’s what this is about, my name. A man is nothing without his name...
"My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school in Norwalk, CA. A fellow student, XXXX if I can recall, called me a n----r on the playground. My response was swift and non-lethal. I struck him fast and hard with a punch an kick. He cried and reported it to a teacher. The teacher reported it to the principal.
"The principal swatted XXXX for using a derogatory word toward me. He then for some unknown reason swatted me for striking XXXX in response to him calling me a n----r.
"He stated as good Christians we are to turn the other cheek as Jesus did. Problem is, I’m not a f-----g Christian and that old book, made of fiction and limited non-fiction, called the bible, never once stated Jesus was called a n----r.
"How dare you swat me for standing up for my rights for demanding that I be treated as an equal human being. That day I made a life decision that i will not tolerate racial derogatory terms spoken to me.
"I have exhausted all available means at obtaining my name back. I have attempted all legal court efforts within appeals at the Superior Courts and California Appellate courts. This is my last resort.
"I am an American by choice, I am a son, I am a brother, I am a military service member, I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered, and libeled me. I lived a good life and though not a religious man I always stuck to my own personal code of ethics, ethos and always stuck to my shoreline and true North. I didn't need the US Navy to instill Honor, Courage, and Commitment in me but I thank them for re-enforcing it. It’s in my DNA.
"Self Preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as I died long ago on 1/2/09. I was told by my mother that sometimes bad things happen to good people. I refuse to accept that.