[UPDATED with Hot Gassing Defended:] Christopher Jordan Dorner War Is Over!
UPDATE, FEB. 7, 10:11 A.M.: Police in San Diego say they may have found Dorner in a Point Loma military base motel.
Charlie Beck, the LAPD chief, is briefing the media right now.
His department has ruled out a report of an officer down on the Hollywood Freeway (101) being related to the Droner case.
UPDATE, FEB. 7, 10:32 A.M.: Here are the highlights from LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's just-concluded press conference:
- With his voice breaking, he expressed his condolences to the families of those Dorner is accused of killing and said his thoughts are also with the police officers wounded by the suspect.
- He conceded the South Bay shootings were the result of mistaken identity by responding officers.
- "I have nothing I can release at this time," Beck said of the Point Loma motel report.
- He said discrepancies in reports about the color of the suspect vehicle are due to the similarity in colors of those Nissan vehicles. Dorner's is blueish-gray, but the manufacturer would list it as gray, Beck said.
- On Dorner: "Of course he knows what he's doing; we trained him. He was also part of the armed forces. . . . It's very scary." Beck found it "cowardly" that Dorner "ambushed" officers. "Imagine going about your workday having to worry about that threat."
- Beck shut down a reporter who asked about allegations in Dorner's manifesto, calling him a homicide suspect who has committed "atrocious crimes. . . . If you want to attribute that to his ramblings, go ahead. I will not."
- He confirmed Dorner has multiple weapons, including assault rifles.
- Beck said Dorner's LAPD dismissal case was "thoroughly adjudicated," including by an LAPD board composed of two commanders and a civilian. The chief pointed back to the manifesto statements, which he called "self-serving" and indicative of someone "extremely unhappy with his lot in life."
- Beck said there was no indication he personally was threatened before the manifesto was published. Asked about whether LAPD can afford to protect all officers and their families threatened in the manifesto, Beck said employee safety "is of utmost importance to me, and I will expend whatever resources I can."
- "I would tell him to turn himself in. This has gone far enough. No one else needs to die."
- Beck said the LAPD is a specific target in the manifesto "but all law enforcement is targeted. This is a vendetta against all Southern California law enforcement."
UPDATE, FEB. 7, 10:49 A.M.: Police received calls that Dorner may have been at the Navy Gateway Inn and Suites on Echo Lane near the Naval Base Point Loma as well as a Holiday Inn nearby on Harbor Boulevard.
Officers have searched both locations without finding Dorner, LAPD confirms.
The initial reports prompted a lockdown of the Point Loma base, which was lifted later this morning.
UPDATE, FEB. 7, 11:30 A.M.: Lieutenant Joseph Ramos of the San Diego Police Department says Dorner checked into the Navy Gateway Inn and Suites on the Point Loma base earlier in the week, but the triple-murder suspect is not there now and appears to have never checked out properly.
Ramos disclosed that Dorner is also a suspect in the attempted robbery of an elderly man earlier in the week near where the suspect's belongings were found in National City.
The main theme of Ramos' remarks was for members of the public to "take a breath" before dialing 9-1-1 to report Dorner sightings so law-enforcement agencies do not expend too much time and manpower on what prove to be false reports. As a result of mistaken-identity sightings at Point Loma this morning, Ramos said, San Diego police will scale back the response to future civilian reports.
That said, Ramos confirmed that Dorner is quite familiar with that area of San Diego County, so cops there will remain on high alert. It is not believed Dorner has an accomplice, Ramos added.
Meanwhile, the LAPD says the officer-involved shootings in Torrance were the result of detectives following a blue truck that was roughly the same make, model and year as the one Dorner may be driving.
Sergio Diaz, the Riverside police chief, is also scheduled to hold a news conference this morning.
UPDATE, FEB. 7, 12:29 P.M.: Christopher Jordan Dorner's beef with law enforcement began when he complained about his training officer for a 2007 incident that was eventually deemed groundless.
Six years later, he is accused of killing a different training officer.
Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz confirmed at a press conference late this morning that the slain member of his force was a 34-year-old, 11-year member of the department with a reputation for being an excellent training officer especially skilled at tactics. Noting that some media released a name for the deceased, Diaz asked that it not be printed or broadcast until Dorner is in custody.
"The person with whom we are dealing made it clear he considers police officers and their families fair game for his assaults," Diaz explained. "We don't know if that extends to our officers who were assaulted today. For an abundance of caution, if you think you have the names of the wounded or the deceased, I am pleading for a sense of ethics and public safety, asking that it not be released. Once the suspect is in custody, it becomes a moot point."
Diaz called the Riverside incident a "cowardly ambush," and when later asked what he thinks of the suspect, the chief said, "I think my opinion of the suspect is unprintable. . . . The manifesto, I think, speaks for itself as evidence of a depraved and abandoned mind and heart. And the cowardly way he ambushed public servants speaks to his character."
His targeted officers, who also included a 27-year-old cop who was seriously wounded but is expected to make a full recovery, were in uniform and sitting in a marked, black-and-white unit when the driver of a truck pulled up, exited the vehicle, took out a rifle and fired multiple shots.
While the officers were not at that time working the Dorner case, they had been made aware through police broadcasts throughout Southern California that the suspect was armed, dangerous and on the loose, explained Diaz, who made a point of reassuring Riverside residents that his officers or agency are not specifically being targeted. It is believed Dorner was just passing through Riverside after an earlier officer-involved shooting in Corona that grazed the head of an LAPD officer.
An LAPD veteran before moving to the Riverside city agency, Diaz said he had never heard of Dorner, pointing out the chief was not named in the manifesto.
Diaz said the families of the wounded and deceased officers have been notified.
Representatives from LAPD and the Riverside County district attorney's office also addressed the media. Michael Abel, Corona's police chief, denied reports that Dorner had previously been stopped and released in his city.
Diaz concluded by saying once Dorner is apprehended, he will be happy to share with the media the heroics of Riverside residents in connection with the attack on his officers. But he noted time is of the essence because of Southern California's complex freeway system and the speeds at which Dorner could be driving. "It's a wide net," Diaz said. "We will use all the tools at our disposal to bring this individual to justice."
The crime spree has prompted "certain modifications to deployment, deviations today," he added. "I want to leave it at that. And also the response: We will be responding to calls for service that are high priority. We will not be going on parking calls today."
Diaz said his role in all this is clear: "We have a lot of tasks and missions to accomplish when something like this happens. We have to give the appropriate send-off to our fallen brother. For me, personally, what I have to do is take care of the families. I will do that. They are our families, too."
It is such a remote, rugged area that ground officers have yet to reach the vehicle.
However, the station's helicopter reporter claims an unidentified deputy said the burned truck fits Dorner's vehicle description "to a tee."
UPDATE, FEB. 7, 1:11 P.M.: San Bernardino County SWAT team members have been deployed to Big Bear, where Dorner is suspected of possibly being holed up, the Inland Empire agency's spokeswoman, Jodi Miller, confirms.
UPDATE, FEB. 7, 1:30 P.M.: Black Forest Lodge owner Rita Wilson tells KTLA/Channel 5 news that Big Bear hotel and motel owners are warning one another about Dorner possibly trying to get lodging.
Taxi service has been temporarily suspended in the popular winter-resort village, Wilson adds.
A law-enforcement command post has been set up at Bear Mountain ski resort, which remains open. Eight armed, armored SWAT officers have boarded a helicopter that just took off.
Bear Valley Unified School District schools are on lockdown.
UPDATE, FEB. 7, 1:45 P.M.: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jodi Miller confirms the SWAT officers who just exited a helicopter that touched down in a remote area of Big Bear are from her agency.
Miller added there have been no reports of Dorner sightings in the area, saying only that deputies are trying to locate the owner of a badly burned truck discovered around 8 a.m. off Crestview near Snow Summit ski resort.
She could not confirm whether the plate number on the truck matched Dorner's.
UPDATE, FEB. 7, 2:07 P.M.: Dorner's manifesto published on Facebook mostly deals with officers and bosses he says wronged him at LAPD. There are also these passages that mention Orange County or Long Beach:
If possible, I want my brain preserved for science/research to study the effects of severe depression on an individual's brain. Since 6/26/08 when I was relieved of duty and 1/2/09 when I was terminated I have been afflicted with severe depression. I've had two CT scans during my lifetime that are in my medical record at Kaiser Permanente. Both are from concussions resulting from playing football. The first one was in high school, 10/96. The second was in college and occurred in 10/99. Both were conducted at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in LA/Orange county. These two CT scans should give a good baseline for my brain activity before severe depression began in late 2008.
Below is a list of locations where I resided from childhood to adulthood.
Pico Rivera, CA.
La Palma, CA.
Thousand Oaks, CA.
Cedar City, UT.
Yorba Linda, CA.
Las Vegas, NV.
During my two months of working patrol with [NAME WITHHELD], I found her as a woman who was very angry that she had been pulled from patrol for a short time because of a domestic violence report made by Long Beach Police Department because of an incident involving her active LAPD officer boyfriend, [NAME WITHHELD], and herself. [He] is the same officer investigated for witness tampering.
Dr. [NAME WITHHELD], thank you for the superb surgery you performed on my knee on 7/98 in Irvine, CA. I never had the opportunity to thank you for allowing me to live a life free of knee joint pain. Thank you.
Those Black officers in supervisory ranks and pay grades who stay in south bureau (even though you live in the valley or OC) for the sole intent of getting retribution toward subordinate caucasians officers for the pain and hostile work environment their elders inflicted on you as probationers (P-1′s) and novice P-2′s. You are a high value target. You perpetuated the cycle of racism in the department as well. You breed a new generation of bigoted caucasian officer when you belittle them and treat them unfairly.
Links to the manifesto are on a Facebook page created in Dorner's "honor" that includes this photo of the "hero":
SEE UPDATES OF THE SEARCH FOR DORNER IN BIG BEAR ON THE NEXT PAGE.