Dorner manhunt: Wounded officer in stable condition, police say
A Riverside police officer allegedly shot at and injured by a fugitive former LAPD officer was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, authorities said Friday.
The suspect in the shooting, Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, allegedly "ambushed" the 27-year-old officer and his partner, a 34-year-old Riverside police officer, on Thursday morning, officials said.
The 34-year-old officer was killed. The 27-year-old officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including wounds to his legs and upper body, said Officer Bryan Galbreath of the Riverside Police Department. Authorities have not released the officers' names.
Dorner is wanted in connection with three slayings, the wounding of two people and threats of "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against police.
Outside Riverside City Hall, residents mourned the fallen officer Thursday night.
Pat Halpin, 55, stood quietly, trying to keep warm by rolling the sleeves of his sweater over his hands. He was among the first to show up for a prayer vigil in honor of the 34-year-old officer.
"I came to grieve for the family and the officer, and to support my city," Halpin said.
The prayer vigil began around 6 p.m. It is time to "comfort and heal together," Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey said before the vigil began.
Police chaplain Steve Ballinger then led a prayer.
"I know, times like this, it's difficult to experience peace. But Lord, when you're with us, we can," he said.
Next, the crowd broke up into several smaller groups and prayed with different clergy. Some stood around talking, some shook hands, some cried, some hugged, others lit candles.
-- Ruben Vives in Riverside and Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens in Los Angeles
Photo: Residents pray during a vigil for a slain Riverside police officer at City Hall on Thursday. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times