A massive manhunt is under way for a hulking ex-LAPD cop suspected of carrying out a twisted plan – detailed in a chilling online manifesto — to settle old grudges by executing police officers and their families.Christopher Dorner, a 270-pound former Navy reservist who was tossed off the police force in 2008, is wanted for the double murder of a retired captain’s daughter and her fiancé in Irvine, Calif., on Sunday.Authorities told NBC Los Angeles they also believe he’s behind Thursday’s ambushes of cops searching for him in Riverside and Corona, Calif.
One officer was killed and two others were wounded in those attacks.“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours,” Dorner wrote in his rambling 20-page manifesto, addressing LAPD officials he blamed for ruining his career.“Look your wives/husbands and surviving children directly in the face and tell them the truth as to why your children are dead.”Dorner, 33, was a lieutenant in the Navy Reserves from 2002 until this week, and earned a ribbon for rifle marksmanship and a medal for pistol expertise. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 2005 and was fired for making false statements in 2008.
In an 11,300-word blueprint for vengeance, Dorner claimed that he was punished for accusing his field training officer of brutalizing a mentally disabled man and raged that his ouster had ruined his name.
“The attacks will stop when the department states the truth about my innocence, PUBLICLY!!!” he wrote. A cached version of the online manifesto was obtained by NBCLosAngeles.com.
During his internal LAPD review, Dorner was represented by union lawyer Randy Quan, a retired captain – and Quan’s daughter was the first victim.
The 28-year-old basketball coach and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence, 27, were fatally shot while parking their car at their apartment complex after a Super Bowl party. The other LAPD figures mentioned in the document are now under police protection, and the officers attacked Thursday were either part of those details or searching for Dorner. The two Riverside officers were responding to a call for assistance after a report of a possible Dorner sighting when they came under fire about 1:30 a.m.
“By all accounts, it appears they were stopped at a red light and just ambushed by the suspect,” Riverside Lt. Guy Toussaint said, according to NBC Los Angeles.
One was killed and the second was in surgery. In Corona, Calif., two officers were on their way to guard a home when they were diverted by a report of Dorner’s blue-gray Nissan in the area. As they drove around a corner, shooting started. One officer had a minor graze wound, officials said. In yet another twist, the San Diego Harbor Police Department confirmed a badge or some sort with Dorner’s picture identification was found at about 2:27 a.m. near San Diego International Airport.
“It’s extremely intense,” Sgt. Rudy Lopez said of the dragnet to capture the suspect before anyone else is killed.
“We’re trying to identify where he’s been, where he’s going. In this case, we are the targets. He’s brazen. He’s on a hunt to do whatever havoc he can.” The manifesto, titled “Last Resort,” is a catalog of wrongs Dorner says he suffered, stretching all the way back to a racial slur used against him in the first grade. He portrays the LAPD as rife with racism, corruption and abuse. There is a long passage in which he expresses support for an assault-weapons ban, and a plea that his brain be preserved for scientific research on the effects of depression.
The document contains page after page of praise for friends, political figures, journalists and celebrities and opinions on issues of the day – from women in combat to the boycott of Chick-Fil-A. Mostly, though, he talks about his blood-thirsty plans. He claims his arsenal includes “Bushmaster firearms, Remington precision rifles” and silencers and boasts that his knowledge of police tactics will allow him to elude capture.
“I know I will be villified (sic) by the LAPD and the media,” he wrote. “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.”