[UPDATED with Hot Gassing Defended:] Christopher Jordan Dorner War Is Over!
"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
- 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.
|Christopher Jordan Dorner with former LAPD Chief Bratton.|
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.
|Courtesy of Irvine Police Department|
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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