A multi-agency manhunt is under way in California after police say the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in the murders of a college basketball coach and her fiancé last weekend opened fire Wednesday night on three police officers, killing one, KTTV.com reported.
The suspect has been identified as Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, and he is considered extremely dangerous, authorities say. The killings appear to be retribution for his 2009 termination from the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities say.
Details of the shooting involving the police officers remain unclear, but KTTV.com reported that one officer was killed and another is undergoing surgery. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to Fox News that two Riverside officers were shot and possibly an LAPD officer in Corona.
“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, (so) I am terminating yours,” Dorner’s manifesto reportedly stated. Randy Quan’s name was mentioned in the note. He represented Dorner at the hearing that led to Dorner’s firing. Quan’s daughter, Monica Quan and her fiancé were shot dead in an Irvine parking garage Sunday night.
In the manifesto, Dorner wrote that Quan “suppressed the truth,” which would lead to deadly consequences, The Orange County Register reported.
“Self preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as a I died long ago on 1/2/09,” Dorner wrote, according to the report. The paper said he was referencing the day he was fired from the LAPD. “I was told by my mother that sometimes bad things happen to good people.”
The LAPD’s elite Metropolitan squad was sent to protect others mentioned in Dorner’s manifesto.
Autopsies showed that Quan and Lawrence were killed by multiple gunshot wounds in the parking structure at their condominium in Irvine, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said earlier Wednesday.
Quan, 28, was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton. Lawrence, 27, was a public safety officer at the University of Southern California.
The killings brought mourning and disbelief to three college campuses: Fullerton, USC, and Concordia University, where the two met when they were both students and basketball players. Police do not know Dorner’s whereabouts, and authorities were seeking the public’s help in finding him.
“We have strong cause to believe Dorner is armed and dangerous,” Maggard said, adding that the LAPD and FBI are assisting in the case.
Police said the U.S. Navy reservist may be driving a blue 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck. His last known address was in La Palma in northern Orange County near Fullerton.
Dorner was with the department from 2005 until 2008, when he was fired for making false statements.
Quan’s father, a former LAPD captain who became a lawyer in retirement, represented Dorner in front of the Board of Rights, a tribunal that ruled against Dorner at the time of his dismissal, LAPD Capt. William Hayes told The Associated Press Wednesday night.
Randal Quan retired in 2002. He later served as chief of police at Cal Poly Pomona before he started practicing law.
According to documents from a court of appeals hearing in October 2011, Dorner was fired from the LAPD after he made a complaint against his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans. Dorner said that in the course of an arrest, Evans kicked suspect Christopher Gettler, a schizophrenic with severe dementia.
Following an investigation, Dorner was fired for making false statements.
Richard Gettler, the schizophrenic man’s father, gave testimony that supported Dorner’s claim. After his son was returned on July 28, 2007, Richard Gettler asked “if he had been in a fight because his face was puffy” and his son responded that he was kicked twice in the chest by a police officer.
Source: Fox News