O.C. killings: Ex-LAPD officer threatened to kill in online manifesto
A former Los Angeles police officer who authorities said wrote an online manifesto threatening to harm police officials and their families is wanted for allegedly killing the daughter of a former LAPD captain as well as the woman’s fiance.
Irvine police on Wednesday night named Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, as the suspect of the double slayings in the parking lot of an upscale Irvine apartment complex. Officials warned that Dorner is armed and dangerous. Law enforcement sources said police have placed security at the homes of LAPD officials named in the manifesto and believe Dorner has numerous weapons.
The online postings on what the authorities believe is Dorner's Facebook page specifically named the father of Monica Quan, the Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach who was found dead Sunday, along with her fiance Keith Lawrence.
Randy Quan, a retired LAPD captain, was involved in the review process that ultimately led to Dorner’s dismissal.
A former U.S. Navy reservist, Dorner was fired in 2009 for allegedly making false statements about his training officer.
Thes online postings attributed to Dorner by authorities said that being police officer had been his life’s ambition since he served in the Police Explorers program. Now that had been taken away from him, the messages said, he suffered from severe depression and was filled with rage over the people who forced him from his job.
The postings have complaints that Quan and others did not fairly represent Dorner at the review hearing.
“Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family. There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep,” they said, referring to Quan and several others.
“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours,” one passage said.
The postings indicated that Quan served as Dorner’s representative in the review process. Of Quan, one passage said: “He doesn't work for you, your interest, or your name. He works for the department, period. His job is to protect the department from civil lawsuits being filed and their best interest which is the almighty dollar. His loyalty is to the department, not his client.”
The postings threaten violence against other police officers.
“The violence of action will be high.... I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” one passage said.
The manifesto also seemed to allude to the Irvine slaying.
“I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders and have taken drastic and shocking actions in the last couple of days,” one passage said.
“Unfortunately,” it went on, “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.”
Quan, 28, and Lawrence, 27, had recently become engaged and moved into the condominium complex near Concordia University, where they had played basketball and received their degrees, authorities said. Lawrence worked as a campus officer at USC.
Police said they are searching for Dorner, whose last known address is in La Palma, and said he drives a blue 2005 Nissan Titan pickup with California license 7X03191. He is described as a 6-foot tall African American man weighing about 270 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
At the news conference, Irvine Police Chief Dave Maggard asked anyone with information to call a tip line at (949) 724-7192. If someone sees Dorner, he implored them to call 911 immediately.
Dorner’s LAPD case began when he lodged a complaint against his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans. He accused her of kicking a suspect named Christopher Gettler. An LAPD Board of Rights found that the complaint was false and terminated his employment for making false statements. He appealed the action.
He testified that he graduated from the Police Academy in February 2006 and left for a 13-month military deployment in November 2006.
“This is my last resort,” the manifesto attributed to him by officials said. “The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now led to deadly consequences.”
The postings said it was the LAPD’s fault that he lost his law enforcement and Navy careers, as well as his relationships with family and close friends. One part says he he began his law enforcement career in February 2005 and that it ended in January 2009. His Navy career began in April 2002 and ended this month.
“I lost everything,” one passage said, “because the LAPD took my name and knew I was innocent.”
-- Andrew Blankstein, Rick Rojas, Nicole Santa Cruz and Ruben Vives