Christopher Dorner Death: Sheriff Defends Tactics But Suggests They May Have Been Better

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"As I thought about this, if it was not our department involved in this event, we would be watching this event on TV, looking at what they were doing and asking ourselves, 'If this occurred in our county, would we be prepared to deal with it, and how would we deal with it?' So this is a learning event for law enforcement across the country. This is a very significant event."

--San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, in his first extended interview since the Big Bear firefight that took the lives of one of his detectives and former Orange County resident Christopher Jordan Dorner.

McMahon has withstood criticism for the fiery way it all ended for Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer and former La Palma resident suspected also of killing an Irvine couple and a Riverside cop and terrorizing Southern California for several days last month. In his exclusive interview with the San Bernardino Sun, the sheriff seems to hint that the operation could have been handled better.

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Dorner: extrajudicially executed?
"Hopefully, this type of event doesn't occur again, or, if it does, it's a long time from now," McMahon is quoted as saying. "But clearly, everybody can learn something from an event like this, and I believe we'll learn some things from this event. Not that we did anything wrong, but maybe there's something we could have done better, and, when you experience an event like this, it's always an opportunity to learn."

Only sworn in as sheriff two months before the deadly Feb. 12 standoff, McMahon says in his talk with reporter John Nelson, "This type of an event is tragic, and no law enforcement leader ever wants to be in that position--where you lose an officer and one gets seriously injured in a gun battle. It's tragic. It's terrible and I hope I'm never in that position again."

Click on the link to more fascinating insights, including the sheriff:

  • claiming the manhunt trackers did not know Dorner was in the cabin until he fired at them first, in the exchange that took the life of Jeremiah McKay and wounded Deputy Alex Collins;
  • wanting to get ahold of a deputy overheard in scanner traffic saying, ""Burn the motherfucker down!" McMahon claims this was not a SWAT team member;
  • and reacting to investigative journalist Max Blumenthal's allegation that the sheriff's department engaged in an "extrajudicial execution" of Dorner.

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Dennis210
Dennis210

Hey he used to be one of them and they didn't like him or what he was saying about them so they took him out. Chief Beck is a doucebag!

"80 percent of ALL cops are criminals, they violate the laws while on duty and are being paid to do so and be so". They are your enemies and not your friends. They have guns by thier sides and are ordered to shoot to kill. "The citizens have a right to protect themselves from the police". - OCDA T-Rack after the Kelly Thomas police murder on KFI 640 AM on the John and Ken Show (2011) I heard him say this and have remembered it since. The cop that stopped Kelly Thomas attacked/moved on Thomas first and the video shows it. 

fruitcake
fruitcake

Dorner shot himself. He was not going to surrender. May that cocksucker, chickenshit, continue to burn in hell....

Jon Steelman
Jon Steelman

how do we know he was executed? have you seen his booking photo?? just a pile of ashes.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

Oh brother...I wish they would snuff homicidal assholes as soon as possible always. Would save a lot of tax payer's dollars and spare us the bullshit judgements of moron jurors and kiss ass judges.

Eric Ridenour
Eric Ridenour

Ah yes, and you obviously don't give 2 shits about all the people the cops shot in the process.

Dave Myers
Dave Myers

and Dave could give 2 shits about a WMD 5000 miles away

Dave Myers
Dave Myers

Simple. Live by the gun and DIE by the gun. This would include cops. Eric, if this was your mother or father killed by him, you would see it different. Random cops were killed. What did SB cops do to Dorner? Either way, glad that waste is gone. His momma should have swallowed that one.

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

This guy was PROMISED due process just by being an American, yet he was assassinated, and yet another cop coverup took place right in front of the United States watching his standoff. Most of you fail to realize, he wasn't killing RANDOM innocent people. He was going after certain individuals, or "targeted" victims. Had this NOT been the case, the hostages he tied up in Big Bear, and NOT killed, would be dead today as well. He only killed one person who really had no ties other than being the fiance of the daughter related to Quan. And the officers that were killed at his hands were trying to do their jobs by apprehending him before he finished out his hitlist. I am not justifying his actions, just pointing out the facts. This wasn't Columbine, Sandy Hook, Aurora, or some mall shooting. It did turn out to be more like Waco, though. Again, I'm not arguing that the way he decided to carry out revenge against fellow employers/employees or their kin, is right or OK, but he was still apprehendable, and could have been taken in non-lethally to have his 14th and 16th Amendments of the United States; his day in court, just like all of the other killers out there, usually get. The officers on the Big Bear scene were out for blood, plain and simple. Listen to the audio scans, and about how multiple officers were saying "there is blood splatter all over the walls in here", and "burn it" "burn that mother fucker down"....This is well documented and not a conspiracy theory. Google it. The Police agencies had an agenda, and they carried it out in murderous fashion. I am irate at police shooting at randomly semi "close matching" vehicles, and then offering the innocent shooting victims(by the hands of Police), new trucks for their troubles...Its fucking sickening to see that a human life could only be worth so much, in the eyes of the ones who are "sworn" to protect us. Dorner is not a hero, but he also isn't the antichrist. Dorner is a guy who was put at the end of his rope, and snapped. I only wish more disgruntled people would only target those who wronged them, instead of shooting up random movie theaters, schools, and shopping malls... I can't believe people are "ok" with execution without trial...Especially here in the United States!? Guess it is true, this Country is going down the shitter, just like our supposed rights.

Simon Baty
Simon Baty

I'm tired of all of this pointless debate. YES. He was. We caught them over the scanners what, like, three times? Its a wrap. Case closed.

Eric Ridenour
Eric Ridenour

Peyton, you mean the wallet they found on a San Diego boat?

Eric Ridenour
Eric Ridenour

Dave believes there still is a bunch of WMD's in Iraq.

Peyton Farquhar
Peyton Farquhar

Gosh, how convenient that Dorner was burned up in the raid, but not his wallet. #RipleysBelieveItOrNot

Nestor Jaimes
Nestor Jaimes

a black-hawk helicopter dropped gasoline using a long tube, and burned him alive.. that's why there was soo much black gasoline smoke when news helicopters were filming

Dave Myers
Dave Myers

Yeah. Bring it. I'm not a total idiot.

Mark N Deb Fjelstad
Mark N Deb Fjelstad

People that believe in truth give a shit unlike some on here. you still believe 911 to yet right?

Eric Ridenour
Eric Ridenour

Remy, they just think they are cool because they like being armchair badasses. 9/10 are too cowardly to do anything any cop does or anything, probably terrified to even walk outside, all talk trying to act cool, looking like idiots.

Remy Merriex
Remy Merriex

Innocent until proven guilty, unless we really want to be living under the rule of law of some 3rd world country. All you armchair assassins who want blood based on what cable news told you need to wake up and realize this isn't a freaking TV show.

Eric Ridenour
Eric Ridenour

The cops are murderers. Funny, nobody cares about the people the pigs murder every year.

Kyle Frutiger
Kyle Frutiger

I'm in favor of trial by jury. But if found guilty I don't think someone should be able to sit in a cell for decades before being executed. They should do it right then and there. I don't know that he did anything, I wasn't there all anyone knows is what the media tells us.

Mike Pilatos
Mike Pilatos

Who gives a shit? He was a psycho murderer! Does anyone care about the innocent people he executed? LOSER

Eric Ridenour
Eric Ridenour

Dave must hate trial by jury. I suppose he wants to be killed without trial as well.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

They definitley didnt want that guy to live so he could tell his tale. They executed that guy.

cpcamb
cpcamb

@Tom Slick Pearson Finally someone with some common sence. You are so right on

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