Fugitive Ex-Cop Christopher Dorner Surrounded by Authorities
Update, 10:07 p.m. Feb 12 | The Associated Press is reporting that a charred body has been found in the rubble of a burned cabin in Southern California mountains, where Christopher Dorner was believed to be hiding.
Update, 5:36 p.m. Feb. 12 | On Tuesday fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner exchanged gunfire with San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles after he broke into a home, tied up a couple and stole their pickup truck, authorities said.
Two officers involved in the shootout were struck by gunfire, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department said. One wounded officer was flown by helicopter to an area hospital, a spokesman for the county fire department said.
Dorner, was apparently fired upon by a state fish and game ranger as he fled in the stolen vehicle, the Riverside County Sheriff’s department said.
The confrontation came on the sixth day of a search for Dorner. For more coverage, visit Southern California Public Radio’s website.
Update, 4:51 p.m. Feb. 11 | Criminal charges have been filed against ex-cop Christopher Dorner for the murder of Riverside police officer Michael Crain and the attempted murder of three other officers, Riverside District Attorney Paul Zellerbach said at a news conference Monday afternoon. Watch the full conference above.
Law enforcement agencies across California and neighboring states continue their search for Christopher Dorner, a former police officer thought to be targeting Los Angeles cops after he posted an online manifesto that threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against the Los Angeles Police Department.
Dorner has allegedly shot three people, and, according to his manifesto, intends to kills more. Online he also attributed his 2009 dismissal from the police department to racism by the LAPD, a claim that police Chief Charlie Beck addressed this weekend. Beck said he was reopening the investigation into Dorner’s firing, not “to appease a murderer,” but to be “transparent and fair in all the things we do.”
“I am aware of the ghosts of the LAPD’s past and one of my biggest concerns is that they will be resurrected by Dorner’s allegations of racism within the Department,” he said.
On the NewsHour Thursday night, Southern California Public Radio’s Frank Stoltze told Ray Suarez that the department fired Dorner for lying about a fellow officer beating up a suspect. Stoltze said Dorner’s first victim was the daughter of a retired police captain who represented him in that disciplinary hearing.
On Sunday, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that city authorities were offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the Dorner’s arrest. During a press conference Monday morning, Lt. Andrew Neiman said the department is investigating more than 600 leads.
Southern California Public Radio offers a timeline of events from Dorner’s life, with the latest news on the manhunt.