Los Angeles, CA- The nation is paying close attention to one of the most sensational criminal cases to emerge from Los Angeles since the OJ Simpson police chase and subsequent trial. An extensive manhunt has been launched for a man who promised to incite “warfare” against the LAPD, where he once served as an officer.
The multiple-agency manhunt began Sunday after fired police officer Christopher Dorner shot a couple sitting in their cars in Irvine, California, killing Monica Quan and her fiancé Matthew Lawrence. According to CNN, Quan was the daughter of former LAPD officer Randall Quan, who Dorner claims bungled his termination appeal after he was dismissed from the force. Dorner says he was fired after accusing another officer of using excessive force.
On Wednesday, Dorner, a former soldier checked into a Navy Hotel in San Diego where he holed up. Meanwhile police named him as a suspect in the Irvine killings after he posted, on his Boy with a Grenade blog, an 11-page online manifesto in which he implicated himself in those murders the LAPD.
In his manifesto, which was addressed to America, Dorner vowed to “bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” down on the LAPD. Also stating, “He would not be alive to see his name cleared.”
Around 8 p.m. Wednesday Dorner attempted to steal a boat in San Diego, according to LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck. Later on, officers discovered his wallet ID and LAPD badge near the airport, CNN reported.
On Thursday afternoon, Dorner shot at three police officers assigned to protect one of the 40 people he identified as targets in his incendiary manifesto. One officer was grazed with the bullet, but police were unable to pursue him because of the gunfire.
Just thirty minutes later, Dorner allegedly drove up to a patrol car sitting at a traffic light in Riverside and fired on two officers with a shot gun. One of the officers was killed and another was critically wounded. CNN said that a Good Samaritan used the police radio to call for help after discovering the injured men.
Dorner’s crime spree put officers on edge and early Wednesday morning police shot two women delivering papers in a vehicle that matched the description of Dorner’s. Both of those victims were taken to the hospital; one was listed in critical condition.
Around noon, on Thursday Dorner’s burned out vehicle was found in Big Bear. There were tracks leading away from the vehicle leading police to extend the manhunt into that area. Dorner is still on the run and the public should be on the alert.
Everyone is entitled to due process, even Dorner, but preventing a conviction is only possible with a well-practiced criminal attorney. Any violent or aggressive offense targeted at a police officer can only make charges against the accused worse.
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