[UPDATED with Hot Gassing Defended:] Christopher Jordan Dorner War Is Over!

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ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 7, 9:48 A.M.: The word coming out of the Los Angeles Police Department this morning is meant to apply to that storied agency, but it can be piggybacked onto all of Southern California.

"WE ARE AT WAR."

Our foe is only one man: camo-wearing, heavily armed, heavily trained, highly agitated, county-hopping, ex-cop, triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner.

The manhunt for the man now suspected of carrying out a revenge killing of two in Irvine Sunday night and the overnight shooting of three police officers, including one who died, in Riverside County, has not only clogged Southern California airwaves, but also impacted morning commutes as police close streets and portions of I-15.

With police agencies in four counties on high alert, and the FBI and U.S. Marshals enlisted to help in the search, we're also dealing with the fog of war, as there were conflicting reports this morning whether two separate officer-involved shootings that were blocks apart in the South Bay are connected to the Dorner case.

Television news reports at this hour show officers in Riverside County with guns drawn because Dorner released a manifesto in which he wrote of attacking crime scenes (he initiated) and command posts and of wiping out officers, administrators and their families.

The LAPD chief has scheduled a press conference within minutes to update the media. Until then, here is the timeline of events as we know them:

- The engaged couple, Monica Quan, 28, and Keith Lawrence, 27, were found gunned down Sunday night in his Kia, parked in an Irvine condominium-complex parking structure. (See Monica Quan, Titans Basketball Coach, and Fiance Keith Lawrence Found Shot to Death.)

- Sometime Monday, Dorner's bizarre manifesto declaring war on the LAPD was published on Facebook. He names names, including that of Quan's father, Randal Quan, a retired captain with the department the 33-year-old Navy veteran accuses of discrediting failing to adequately defend him before he was fired. (See my colleague R. Scott Moxley's breaking story Christopher Dorner, Ex-Cop & Irvine Murder Suspect, Allegedly Declares War on LAPD in Manifesto Outling Department Corruption.)

- Also Monday, some of Dorner's belongings, including police gear, were found in a garbage bin near the border town National City Police Department. Irvine police retrieved the items Tuesday.

- Wednesday night, an 81-year-old in the San Diego area says an armed, heavy-set black man tried to steal his boat and tie him up. The gunman wanted to go to Mexico, but there were problems getting the boat started. The stranger fled with the elderly man's cell phone and some supplies on the boat.

- About 1:30 this morning, Dorner is suspected of exchanging gunfire with two LAPD officers who were in Corona protecting someone named in the manifesto. One officer was grazed in the head. Dorner is said to have fled the area near the I-15 and Magnolia Avenue.

- A short time later, two Riverside officers sitting in their police car at Magnolia Avenue and Arlington Avenue--and not involved in the Dorner manhunt--were ambushed. One died, and the other was still in surgery this morning.

- Also early today, Dorner's ID and badge were found near Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

- Dorner's vehicle is described as a gray Nissan Titan. Two LAPD detectives protecting a police captain named in the manifesto open fire in darkness on a blue pickup driving slowly on Redbeam Avenue in Torrance around 5:20 a.m. Two women who'd been in the truck delivering newspapers are injured; one suffers cuts from broken glass, and the other is hospitalized with bullet wounds and later reported in stable condition. The woman have since lawyered up. *This paragraph was revised.

- About 5:45 a.m. in another residential neighborhood nearby, Torrance police officers responding to the Redbeam shooting open fire on a black truck, but no injuries are reported. It's another case of mistaken identity, but at last word, that male driver had not lawyered up. *Revised.

As a precaution, the LAPD removed motorcycle officers from the streets, made sure at least two officers were in each patrol vehicle and had at least four officers respond to any call tied to the Dorner investigation. *Revised.

"The only information that the Department will confirm regarding Dorners' previous employment is that he was employed as a police officer from Feb. 7, 2002, until Sept. 4, 2008, when his employment with the department was terminated," reads a LAPD statement issued Wednesday night.

But media accounts describe Dorner of suffering from depression. He sued his department, alleging his field-training officer unnecessarily kicked a San Pedro hotel trespasser in 2007. An LAPD board concluded Dorner, who was represented by Randy Quan, filed a false complaint after receiving a poor evaluation from the trainer and terminated him. *Revised.

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Christopher Jordan Dorner with former LAPD Chief Bratton.
Dorner is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 270 pounds, African-American, with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address, according to Irvine Police Chief Dave Maggard, was 4931 Sharon Dr., La Palma.

He's obviously armed and dangerous. Dorner was driving a 2005 gray Nissan Titan with a license plate of 8D83987 or 7X03191. A surveillance image shows a truck matching that description in National City. The LAPD alerted the public the truck has a black roof rack and a Department of Defense sticker on the windshield. *Revised.

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Anyone with information that can help capture Dorner is asked to call the Irvine police tip line at 949.724.7192 or email ipdcrimetips@cityofirvine.org.

The LAPD is also collecting tips at 877.527.3247, through Crime Stoppers 800.222.8477, via text at 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most cell phone keypads; texts should begin with the letters "LAPD") and at LAPDOnline.org (click on "webtips" and follow the prompts).

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Cottonwood
Cottonwood

On CBS news they showed a clip of the couple whose truck he stole and they were compassionate toward him, but when it returned to the anchors they said, 'They're lucky to be alive. It's good that he showed some humanity in the end.'The tones in their voices was condemnation. It was absolutely terrible that he murdered the officer's daughter and her fiance and the 2 police officers. It was terrible. But he does deserve some compassion for all that he went through and it seems unfair for the anchors to be steadfast in condemning him. Do the anchors do that, because if they didn't it could be seen as encouraging his behavior and that other people could follow his example? Maybe that's why.

PeteLenovo
PeteLenovo

So many things happened because Dorner was fired unjustly. This is my opinion. I am returning to my Surface Pro. This tablet is fantastic. http://t.co/KTGux7Jw.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

Responding to incessantly barking dogs would have been simple. Law enforcement was traumatized by Dorner...so they couldn't see simple.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

Being that for several days he had been hiding in a cabin near the command center and near to where his truck was found...wondering why they didn't find him in the cabin when they were searching.  Seems logical that he would have been in a cabin within walking distance of his truck...considering the weather conditions.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

All of California's strict gun control laws, including a ban on 'assault weapons', didn't do shit to prevent this episode.

And funny how we aren't hearing a constant reference to the dude's race. 

johnnytwosack
johnnytwosack

Fat, bloated face; cop; 270 lbs; psychotic episodes; ego problem = STEROID ABUSE

This guy was a lowly, idiotic roid head.

Leia Smith
Leia Smith

Props on your coverage- you always have the most current info!

Hans Rojas
Hans Rojas

That fool snuck out w the body of the cops via León styles......MATILDA!

Hans Rojas
Hans Rojas

That fool snuck out w the body of the cops via León styles......MATILDA!

Amanda Frost
Amanda Frost

Seriously? what a fuckin joke. The cops now pull out a body and they didnt start the fire now? Why is itthat everyone that lives up there, with police scanners are saying it was being said "Operation Burn Out"... Hopefully it wasnt him.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Cops " Get the fuck down get the fuck down" BAM BAM BAM ! 2 cops down!

provoriver
provoriver

Its very sad that another police officer lost hist life today HOWEVER a persons occupation has nothing to do with the level of human loss. Being a retired police officer its sad when you see another brother officer die but unlike what most other Police Officers believe I do not believe just because the death was that of a police officer is somehow more important than any other human being with a different occupation. 


It would be nice if Police Officers looked on all of us in the same light as that of a brother officer but this will never happen. Its wrong but like I said it will never happen. Somehow Police think they are above all the rest of us and their level of importance is superior to anyone else 


Additionally police officers will go to any length to protect a brother officer and this includes lying for him or her and covering their rear end in any way legal or not and this is WRONG

OCLocal
OCLocal

How does OC weekly have better updates than the live newscasts? Keep it up Coker!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

I hope they catch him alive so he can tell all of his story.

Jay Lukes
Jay Lukes

Clearly not since there's a firefight going on live right now on CBS

Sal Vasquez
Sal Vasquez

I just heard that also! Holy shit they said an officer is down. It just got real. Keep us informed OC Weekly.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Sal: Just confirmed he was involved in some sort of shootout.

Remy Merriex
Remy Merriex

Probably accidentally grabbed somebody's grandma by mistake

briansays
briansays

it is not clear what the ages of these bloggers are but having lived and worked in OC from '81-'00 it does raise the question what has changed in the LAPD at least culturally since Rodney King??

Stacy Lozano
Stacy Lozano

That wasn't my point, my point was that it is disgusting that all this attn is on him because he is "killing dirty cops" (which from what I understand it isn't just dirty cops he's killing). It sends the signal that other terrible crimes aren't as bad & don't deserve the manhunt status that this guy gets. To me, someone who puts innocent children above grown men who do whatever it takes to get ahead, it just doesn't sit right.

fc2479
fc2479

Too bad he ain't hunting the idiots that produce this rag of a website......

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"independent inspector general appointed by the police commission" ----> LMAO!  

I informed the Garden Grove city council in 2011 that I was the victim of attempted murder and that a cop fled the scene immediately afterwards and nobody gave a fuck! 

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

People: We've been going after dirty cops (and sheriffs!) longer and harder than anyone 'round here—but killing dirty cops ain't the answer!

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Cottonwood believe me, that's on the mind of many questioning this whole thing, especially since a screen with pry marks was found mere feet away from the window he pried open (LA Times reported today). Since survival gear was supposedly found in the truck, you'd think those cabins closest to it would be the most heavily checked.  

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Janina Uhmm Oh, there it is...

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Leia Smith Thank you, Leia, long time no talk to!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@paullucas714 I was hoping the same thing.  I really wanted to hear his side of everything. 

Jay440
Jay440

@fc2479 You spelled "Orange County Register" wrong.

Vince
Vince

@18usc241 I'm guessing we're only getting one half of that story.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@OC Weekly D'accord!

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

@MatthewTCoker @Cottonwood  

Maybe because they were afraid of him...they were regarding him like The Bourne Identity...and thinking he might be doing something fantastical like flying a plane. For myself, it was more exciting to imagine him scuba diving to a remote beach in Mexico than to climb thru the window of a nearby cabin. Maybe he got the scuba tanks, because he thought of scuba as part of his escape, but then he got bogged down with his mental illness and disorganization. Law enforcement could do a better job all around if they had more awareness of mental illness...and if they weren't so paranoid.  Like with Kelly Thomas...being aware that in his condition...it wasn't likely that he was organized enough to be breaking into cars...and that he didn't intend to be annoying...it was just the nature of his condition. Just seems like law enforcement can be kind of paranoid...looking at the most extreme possibility...instead of the simple and common sense possibility.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Would love to hear the "other half" of the story but only under federal oath. Care to step up?

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