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Former Police Officer on Deadly Shooting Rampage Prompts Multistate Manhunt

February 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT

RAY SUAREZ: Thousands of police across Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, even in Mexico are conducting a manhunt tonight for a one-time police officer wanted in a shooting rampage.

The suspect is Christopher Dorner, a 33-year-old former Los Angeles police officer fired in 2009. Dorner allegedly shot an officer in Corona, Calif., overnight; 20 minutes later, police said, he pulled up to a police car in nearby Riverside and opened fire on two other officers, killing one.

On Sunday, he allegedly murdered a couple in Irvine, Calif.. The woman was the daughter of a former LAPD officer.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said today that Dorner’s experience makes him much more dangerous.

CHARLIE BECK, Los Angeles Police Chief: Of course he knows what he’s doing. We trained him. He was also a member of the armed forces. It is extremely worrisome and scary, especially to the police officers involved. The Riverside officers were cowardly ambushed. They had no opportunity to fight back, no pre-warning. Imagine, imagine going about your workday having to worry about that threat.