Christopher Jordan Dorner: Suspected Fullerton Coach, LAPD Killer Says He Will Bring 'Warfare' Against Officers
Christopher Jordan Dorner is the suspect in the murder of 28-year-old Cal-State Fullerton women's basketball assistant coach Monica Quan and her 27-year-old fiancé Keith Lawrence, as well as the shootings of three Los Angeles Police Department officers on Thursday.
A manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies is already underway for the 33-year-old former LAPD cop and U.S. Navy reservist who implicated himself in an online, multi-page manifesto threatening to harm several people and their families, including members of the LAPD. Authorities said that he is considered "armed and extremely dangerous," and members of the public were warned to stay away from him if they spotted him and to call 911 immediately.
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Law enforcement sources said that police have put security at the homes of the LAPD members named in the manifesto and believe that Dorner has numerous weapons.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the first shooting on Thursday occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in Corona, where two Los Angeles Police Department officers were on "protection detail" for someone mentioned in Dorner's manifesto. One officer suffered a grazing head wound during a shootout and Dorner allegedly fled the scene.
A short time later, two Riverside officers on routine patrol were ambushed at a red light and shot at with a suspect at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Arlington Avenue. Police said one was killed and the other seriously wounded.
Riverside Lt. Guy Toussaint said that investigators believe Dorner to be the shooter in that ambush, but since no other officers witnessed the shooting, it's only a "possibility" at this point.
Irvine police named Dorner as the suspect in the Wednesday night double killing of Quan and Lawrence in the parking garage of their apartment complex on Sunday. Quan and Lawrence's bodies were found by police sitting in a parked car on the top floor of the garage after a passerby reported seeing a body slumped over the steering wheel.
In his online manifesto, located on his Facebook page, Dorner specifically named the father of Monica Quan, Randy Quan, along with Lawrence.
Randy Quan, a retired LAPD captain who became a lawyer after retiring, was involved in the review process that ultimately led to Dorner's dismissal from the LAPD in 2009 for allegedly making false statements about his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans, whom he accused of kicking a suspect named Christopher Gettler. Dorner appealed the action, but was still dismissed,
Dorner said in his manifesto that being a police officer had been his life's dream since he served in the Police Explorers program and now that his dream had been taken away from him, he suffered from severe depression and was filled with rage over the people who dismissed him.
"Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family. There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep," he said, referring to Quan and several others. "I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, [so] I'm terminating yours."
Dorner also complained that Randy Quan and others didn't fairly represent him at his review hearing.
Of Quan, Dorner specifically wrote: "He doesn't work for you, your interest, or your name. He works for the department, period. His job is to protect the department from civil lawsuits being filed and their best interest which is the almighty dollar. His loyalty is to the department, not his client."
He also threatened violence against other police officers, saying "The violence of action will be high ... I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty."
Furthermore, he alluded to the Irvine killings:
"I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders and have taken drastic and shocking actions in the last couple of days," he wrote. "Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name."
Dorner ultimately said that it was the LAPD's fault that he lost his law enforcement and Navy careers and fell out of his relationships with family and close friends. According to Dorner, he began his law enforcement career in February 2005 and that it ended in January 2009. His Navy career began in April 2002 and ended this month.
"I lost everything," he said, "because the LAPD took my name and knew I was innocent."
The California Highway Patrol issued a "blue alert" for nine Southern California counties regarding Dorner. Officials said he is believed to be driving a 2005 blue or gray Nissan Titan, switching between California license plates 8D83987 and 7X09131. Dorner is described as a 6-foot-tall black male, weighing 270 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is in La Palma.
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