Ex-cop suspected in shooting of 3 police officers, O.C. couple
Three police officers were shot early Thursday -- one fatally -- and authorities believe the suspect is a former Los Angeles police officer who they believe wrote an online manifesto threatening to harm police officials and their families.
The suspect was already wanted for allegedly killing the daughter of a former Los Angeles Police Department captain as well as the woman's fiance in Irvine over the weekend.
The three new shootings occurred in Riverside County. One LAPD officer was grazed in the Corona area, law enforcement sources said. Then sometime later, two Riverside Police Department officers were shot in Riverside. One of those officers died, sources said.
Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect, Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33.
Irvine police on Wednesday night named Dorner as the suspect in the double slaying in the parking lot of an upscale Irvine apartment complex Sunday. 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 that Dorner has numerous weapons.
In the online postings, Dorner 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.
Dorner said in his online postings that being a police officer had been his life’s ambition since he served in the Police Explorers program. Now that had been taken away from him, he said, and he suffered from severe depression and was filled with rage over the people who forced him from his job.
Dorner complained that Quan and others did not fairly represent him at the review hearing.
"Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will lead to deadly consequences for you and your family. There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep," he wrote, referring to Quan and several others.
"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours," he added.
Quan apparently served as Dorner's representative, according to the manifesto. Of Quan, Dorner wrote: "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."
In the document, he threatens 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," Dorner wrote.
In his manifesto, Dorner 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," he wrote.
"Unfortunately," he added, "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.
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," he wrote online. “The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now led to deadly consequences."
Dorner 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. Dorner wrote that 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," he said, "because the LAPD took my name and knew I was innocent."
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Christopher Dorner, left, with former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton in a photo from the August 2006 issue of the Beat police newsletter. Credit: The Beat LAPD newsletter