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Dorner manhunt: Riverside officials release name of slain officer

February 10, 2013 |  2:11 pm

Crain MichaelThis post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

The Riverside Police Department officer who was killed last week in an alleged ambush by fugitive ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner, was identified by officials Sunday as Michael Crain, an 11-year veteran of the department.

Crain, 34, was killed Thursday when he and his partner were allegedly fired upon by ex-LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner.

“While God is quick to forgive, he does demand justice and there will be a day of reckoning," said Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, who called Crain's death "senseless."

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Crain served two tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, according to a news release. He leaves behind his wife, a 10-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grove Community Church in Riverside.

Authorities say Dorner, a fired LAPD police officer, ambushed Crain and his 27-year-old partner while they were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Arlington and Magnolia avenues in Riverside early Thursday morning. Dorner then allegedly fled.

Crain's partner, who was also struck by gunfire, is expected to survive.

Authorities have launched a massive manhunt throughout Southern California for Dorner, who authorities fear plans further violence, but he remains at large.

[For the record, 8:40 p.m. Feb. 11: An earlier version of this post gave the wrong last name for Mayor Rusty Bailey.]


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Photo: Slain Riverside police Officer Michael Crain. Credit: Riverside Police Department