Christopher Dorner

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Christopher Dorner is currently wanted in connection with the murders of Monica Quan and Kieth Lawrence. While on the run Dorner allegedly shot and killed Police Officer Michael Crain. Dorner released a ‘manifesto” which blamed the killings on his treatment at the LAPD. Dorner had reported his training officer for kicking a suspect, but was himself disciplined.

12 Feb, 2013

LAPD says body not recovered, cabin too hot

The LAPD disavows previous reports that a burnt body had been recovered from the cabin. The cabin is too hot for entry.

Heavily armed police surrounding the cabin say they saw Dorner enter but never leave the building as it was consumed by flames.

 

SWAT team enters cabin, building on fire

cabin-raidThe cabin Christopher Dorner is believed to be holed up in is now fully engulfed in flames, according to CBS2′s Carter Evans, who also reported that tear gas was fired into the house before the fire broke out.

A shot was also fired around that time, and sources told CBS2′s Juan Fernandez that tracks were found leading to a horse corral, which may mean Dorner was able to escape. LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith Tuesday urged Dorner to turn himself in:

Enough is enough. It’s time to turn yourself in. End the bloodshed

Deputy in shootout dies

Death

One of the deputies involved in a gun battle with fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner has died of his wounds, law enforcement sources told The Times. The San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Hundreds of rounds were exchanged was part of a quickly changing situation that began after Dorner allegedly broke into a home, tied up a couple and held them hostage before fleeing with their white pickup truck. Dorner was allegedly spotted by state Fish and Wildlife officers in the pickup truck. A vehicle-to-vehicle shootout ensued. The officers’ vehicle was peppered with multiple rounds.

Dorner crashed his vehicle and took refuge in a nearby cabin. One deputy was hit as Dorner fired out of the cabin and a second deputy was injured when Dorner exited the back of the cabin, deployed a smoke bomb and opened fire again in an apparent attempt to flee. Dorner was driven back inside the cabin.

Dorner barricaded in cabin, 2 police injured

Accused killer Christopher Dorner was surrounded by police inside a Big Bear area cabin after getting into a gun battle Tuesday that left two San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies injured, officials said.

Days ago, Dorner broke into a cabin off Route 38, a source said. He allegedly tied up the couple inside and held them hostage until Tuesday morning  (Feb 11) when he left. Deputies responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the area about 12:20 p.m.The people whose vehicle was stolen described the suspect as looking very similar to Dorner.

Dorner crashed the truck during the ensuing chase and allegedly exchanged gunfire with the officers as he fled into another cabin, where he was quickly surrounded by San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies.

The source said one deputy was hit as Dorner fired out of the cabin and a second was injured when Dorner exited the back of the cabin, deployed a smoke bomb and opened fire again in an apparent attempt to flee. Dorner was driven back inside the cabin, the source said.

Feds: Dorner fled to Mexico report inconclusive

Former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was suspected last week of  fleeing to Mexico, according to a federal court document. The criminal complaint filed in federal court on Feb. 7 charges Dorner with fleeing to avoid prosecution and states that there was reason to believe he had crossed the border into Mexico. However, the report was later disavowed by the LAPD:

Early on, we had information that (Dorner) had attempted to abscond with a boat in the San Diego area. “Indications were that he was possibly going down to Mexico. Based on that information, our investigators were preparing to follow up.

That in no way indicates Dorner was or was not in Mexico

11 Feb, 2013

Murder charges filed

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach files charges against Christopher Dorner for the murder of Riverside police Officer Michael Crain, in a shooting that police described as an ambush, and the attempted murder of three other officers. Zellerbach said at a news conference that was guarded by four officers armed with rifles.

By both his words and conduct, he has made very clear to us that every law enforcement officer in Southern California is in danger of being shot and killed. He’s trying to send a message, and it would be my belief that his message is not completed yet.

Hundreds of tips flood in

Several tips came in within a few hours after the award announcement, including a reported Dorner sighting that had police surrounding and evacuating a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in LA’s San Fernando Valley, police spokesman Gus Villanueva said. A search of the store yielded no evidence that Dorner was there or had been there.

Los Angeles police Lt. Andrew Neiman says well over 600 clues are being investigated as of Monday morning.

10 Feb, 2013

$1 million reward announced

Officials announce a $1-million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer wanted in the killings of three people. at a news conference Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said:

We will not tolerate this reign of terror. Our dedication to catching this killer is steadfast. This search is not a matter of ‘if.’ It’s a matter of ‘when.’ And I want Christopher Dorner to know that.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said his wife came up with the idea for a massive reward on Saturday and that it was thought to be the largest ever offered locally. Within 24 hours, the $1 million was raised from more than two dozen donors including local governments and police departments, civic organizations, businesses and individuals.

BECK: It was amazingly, amazingly easy. When we reached out to members of this community, they gave immediately.

The reason for such a large reward, the chief said, was “not about capturing a fleeing suspect, but about preventing another crime — likely another murder.”

9 Feb, 2013

LAPD reopens Dorner’s case

The LAPD announces it will reopen the case of the firing of Dorner, who said in his “manifesto” he released that he will will keep killing until the truth is known about his case. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a statemen:

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.

I feel we need to also publicly address Dorner’s allegations regarding his termination of employment, and to do so I have directed our Professionals Standards Bureau and my Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing to completely review the Dorner complaint of 2007; To include a re-examination of all evidence and a re-interview of witnesses. We will also investigate any allegations made in his manifesto which were not included in his original complaint. I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do.”

8 Feb, 2013

Supporters create Facebook pages

CBS reports that thousands of people actually support Dorner. One Facebook page says Dorner should run for president of the United States. “We propose electing a man who could no longer sit idly by and watch as malicious tyrants abuse the innocent.”

The description on the page “We Are All Chris Dorner” chillingly says, “Yes, this is war.” And nearly 3,000 people like the page “I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner.”

CBS13 posted a simple question: Why? Why support a man wanted for at least three killings and the author of a murderous manifesto promising to target cops? One sympathizer replied:

Because something needs to be done about the long known corruption of not only the LAPD, but several agencies.

Jesse Jackson: I understand your pain

Rev. Jesse Jackson posts an open letter to Christopher Dorner:

*Dear Christopher Dorner,

I understand your feelings of hurt and pain. I make this plea to you to stop spreading the pain, the hurt, and the fear. Please stop. Don’t take any more lives.

Christopher, your mother is distraught and deeply concerned for your safety. There are many good and credible people in Los Angeles who will help you. Danny J. Bakewell Sr. (The Los Angeles Sentinel’s Executive Publisher/CEO) ,Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer and Rev. Charles Singleton are all individuals I know personally. I promise that they will gladly receive you.

I will do whatever I can do for you without hesitation. Please contact me through Danny Bakewell at the L.A. Sentinel.

*Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr.*

7 Feb, 2013

50 LAPD families under guard. Dorner tries to attack

50 LAPD families’ mentioned as potential targets are under armed guard and surveillance. Police Chief Charlie Beck said:

They are not only targets, but likely likely victims

Dorner has already possibly tried to attack one of the names on his list. On Thursday, his truck was spotted in the area of one of the potential targets on the list.  Two LAPD officers guarding the home chased after Dorner and engaged him in a firefight. Dorner unloaded so many bullets that the officers’ squad car was no longer drivable. One of the officers was grazed in the head by a shot.

Truck found

Authorities confirm that a burned-out truck matching the description of a getaway vehicle owned by triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner was found in the San Bernardino mountains. Police found two AR-15 assault rifles in the truck, which had a broken axle.

Dorner allegedly calls victim’s father

ABC News reports that a man claiming to be Dorner called Randall Quan  – four days after he allegedly murdered his daughter and 11 hours after he allegedly shot three police officers – one of them fatally. The man told Quan he ‘should have done a better job of protecting his daughter.’

Two officers shot, one killed

Around 1:35 a.m: Two officers were stopped at a red light at Arlington and Magnolia while on routine patrol when someone shot at them. Both officers were hit and transported to a local hospital. Michael Crain, 34, an 11-year veteran of the force, was killed. Crain served two tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the U.S. Marines, according to a news release. He leaves behind his wife, Regina, a 10-year-old son, Ian, and a 4-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn. The other officere, a 27-year-old injured victim is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect is believed to be involved in another officer-involved shooting that took place shortly after 1 a.m. LAPD officers from the Newton division were following the suspect’s vehicle in Corona when the shooting took place near the Magnolia Avenue exit off the northbound Interstate 15. A spokesperson said:

The suspect was out of his vehicle immediately with a shoulder weapon and started to shoot at the officers. The officers took cover, returned fire, both officers. One of our officers was grazed during that incident. The other officer is uninjured. He was treated here at the scene and released at the scene.

6 Feb, 2013

Dorner gains access to Naval Base, tries to steal boat in San Diego

Dorner gained access this week to the Naval Base at Point Loma and stayed in a motel there.

Two sailors reported Dorner approached them Wednesday and spoke with them for about 10 minutes at a San Diego coastal riverine unit — a quick, small boat fighting team — where Dorner served in 2006. As a Navy reservist, Dorner held security jobs at that unit. The Navy is not certain whether Dorner still possesses any military identification he might try to use to enter a facility.

Investigators also said they believe Dorner tried to steal a boat from someone in San Diego, according to the LAPD. Dorner “was not successful, and he fled the location,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.

A wallet containing Dorner’s identification and an LAPD detective’s badge was found near the San Diego airport, police said.

Dorner’s ‘Manifesto’ released

In a 20-page document Dorner lays out a long list of complaints against fellow LAPD officers who he blames for a 2008 termination.

In the document, Dorner gives shout outs to people he likes: Anderson Cooper, Charlie Sheen, Piers Morgan, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, and even suggests who Hillary Clinton should pick for her running mate in 2016. He says “goodbye” to many friends, and apologizes to one for not being able to make it to the wedding “to be your best man.” But mostly the document is filled with bitter accusations against other offices he accused of racial discrimination, hostility and retaliation.

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. I know I will be vilified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, 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.

I’ve lost everything … because the LAPD took my name and new (sic)  I was innocent. Randy Quan new (sic) I was innocent but decided to terminate me.”

You’re going to see what a whistle blower can do when you take everything from him — especially his name”

In series of threats he said:

I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. I’m terminating yours.

He said the killing will stop “when the truth comes out.”

2 Feb, 2013

Quan and Lawrence found dead

Death

Monica Quan, 28, and her 27-year-old fiancé Keith Lawrence are found fatally shot inside Lawrence’s Kia in the parking garage of their Irvine condo complex. Authorities believe Christopher Dorner, a former U.S. Navy reservist, targeted the daughter of Capt. Randy Quan, in what police are calling a revenge killing.

Quan, who is now a retired LAPD officer, represented Dorner in a case that ultimately led to his termination for making false statements against another officer in 2008. He was hired by LAPD in early 2005.

Four days before her death, Monica Quan, an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, held up her hand to show off an engagement ring. The players screamed and huddled around her for a closer look, head coach Marcia Foster recalled.

1 Feb, 2013

Retires from Navy Reserve

Dorner retires from the Navy Reserve as a lieutenant. He had been trained in counterinsurgency and intelligence. It is also believed that he received flight training during his time in the Navy. Though the exact nature of his flying skills are not known, the Transportation Security Administration issued an advisory.

2010

Dorner appeals. Judge ‘not certain’ but upholds decision

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge examines case a year after the initial hearings as part of an appeal filed by Dorner. Judge David P. Yaffe said he was “uncertain whether the training officer kicked the suspect or not” but nevertheless upheld the department’s decision to fire Dorner, according to court records reviewed by The Times.

LAPD records show that Dorner’s disciplinary panel heard from several witnesses who testified that they did not see the training officer kick the man. The panel found that the man did not have injuries consistent with having been kicked, nor was there evidence of having been kicked on his clothes. A key witness in Dorner’s defense was the man’s father, who testified that his son told him he had been kicked by police. The panel concluded that the father’s testimony “lacked credibility,” finding that his son was too mentally ill to give a reliable account.

Dorner claims he was railroaded by the LAPD and unjustly fired. His allegations have resonated among the public and some LAPD employees who have criticized the department’s disciplinary system, calling it capricious and retaliatory toward those who try to expose misconduct.

2009

Fired from LAPD

Dorner is fired from the LAPD in after a police disciplinary board concludes he made false statements against his training officer, Teresa Evans. In August 2007, Dorner accused Evans of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in San Pedro.

Dec 2008

Board of Rights hearing rules against Dorner

At the Board of Rights hearing, Randal Quan, Dorner’s attorney, conceded that his client should have reported the kicks sooner but told the board that Dorner ultimately did the right thing. He called the case against Dorner “very, very ugly.” Quan said:

This officer wasn’t given a fair shake. In fact, what’s happening here is this officer is being made a scapegoat.

At the hearing, Dorner stuck to his story. Evans, he said, kicked Gettler once in the left side of his collarbone lightly with her right boot as they struggled to handcuff him. She kicked him once more forcefully in the same area, Dorner testified, and then much harder in the face, snapping Gettler’s head back. Dorner said he noticed fresh blood on Gettler’s face.

Dorner did not immediately report the kicks to a sergeant, he said, because he was asked only what force he had used, not what his partner had done, and as a rookie who had already filed complaints against fellow officers, he feared retaliation from within the department.

Gettler’s father, Richard, testified that police eventually brought his son home and that he noticed a slight puffiness on his son’s face. His son told him he had been kicked by a police officer — once in the face and twice in the chest. Richard Gettler said he was shocked but decided against calling police because the injury was minor and his son could not explain what prompted the officers to use force. Gettler said that his son’s mental illness prevented him from being a good witness and that he was easily scared and would often answer “yes” to everything.

Dorner’s attorney, Quan, presented a brief video he took of Christopher Gettler answering Quan’s questions at the attorney’s office. On the video, obtained by Fox 11 News, the younger Gettler agrees when asked whether he was kicked by a police officer and points to his left cheek, indicating that’s where he was struck.

Evans denied kicking Gettler. She had been placed on desk duty for about seven months during the department’s investigation and prevented from earning extra money outside the department. “It was very difficult on me personally,” she testified.

Dorner, she said, was having problems readjusting to police work after returning from a 13-month military deployment overseas. He told her that family members had noticed a change in him and that he would seek help for it, she testified. On one occasion, he started crying in their patrol car, she said.

Dorner reported the kicks a day after he received an evaluation in which Evans noted that he needed to show improvement in three categories, including the time it took to write reports, officer safety and use of common sense and good judgment.

She said Dorner had told her the department was a “racist organization,” which she said she reported to a supervisor. That supervisor, however, denied during the hearing that Evans told her that.

Three witnesses, including two hotel employees and a port police officer, testified that they did not see Evans kick Gettler.

The board’s three members — two LAPD captains and a criminal defense attorney — unanimously ruled against Dorner. They found that his claims lacked credibility and that he was motivated in part by his fear that his training officer would give him a poor evaluation that could end his career.

Aug 2007

Dorner accuses Evans of kicking Gettler

Two weeks after the incident, Dorner went to Sgt. Donald Deming’s office at the Harbor Division police station. There were tears in Dorner’s eyes, the sergeant later testified. Dorner told him:

I have something bad to talk to you about, something really bad.

Dorner explained that Evans had kicked Gettler once in the face and twice in the left shoulder or nearby chest area. Afterward, Dorner said, Evans told him not to include the kicks on the arrest report.

Dorener: Promise me you won’t do anything

Deming: No, Chris. I have to do something.

An internal affairs investigation into the allegation concluded the kicks never occurred. Investigators subsequently decided that Dorner had fabricated his account. He was charged with making false accusations.

28 Jul, 2007

Dorner and Evans respond to disturbance at DoubleTree Hotel

Dorner and his training officer, Teresa Evans, respond to a call about a man causing a disturbance at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro. When they arrive, they find Christopher Gettler. He was uncooperative and threw a punch at one of the officers, prompting Evans, to Taser him.

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