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Dorner manhunt: Police seize evidence from fugitive's O.C. home

February 8, 2013 |  5:23 pm
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Investigators Friday afternoon scoured the Orange County home where fugitive Christopher Dorner had lived with his mother, removing brown paper bags holding evidence gathered by law enforcement officers.

Authorities said they examined computers during the afternoon search of the La Palma home believed to be Dorner’s last known address.

Lt. Bill Whalen of the Irvine Police Department said that investigators "exercised every presumable precaution" as they entered the home, in case it had been booby trapped, or if Dorner were there.

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Dorner’s mother and a sister were home at the time of the search, authorities said. They remained in the house during the search, and authorities said they cooperated with police.

Whalen said the evidence taken would be reviewed more closely, but said he could not comment on what was collected.

The home -- a small gray ranch house wedged into an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood -- is owned by Dorner's mother.

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U.S. Marshals carrying M4 assault rifles stood outside as investigators worked inside the home. The search last for more than three hours.

A scrum of media watched the house during the search, with some people driving past

to take photos of the house with their cellphones and neighbors stepping outside to take a look.

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"So much for the quiet neighborhood," one resident said.

Dorner is wanted in connection with a double homicide in Irvine on Sunday and the shooting of three police officers, one fatally, in Riverside County on Thursday.

Authorities described him as "armed and extremely dangerous," and alerts about him were issued across California and in Nevada as federal, state and local authorities intensified their search.

After a burned-out truck belonging to Dorner was found in Big Bear on Thursday morning, the manhunt shifted to the mountain town.


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Photo: Irvine police detectives remove bags of evidence after serving a search warrant at the home of Christopher Dorner's mother Friday in La Palma. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times