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$1 million reward offered for information on fugitive ex-cop

By Tami Abdollah

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:27 a.m. HST, Feb 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES >> Seeking leads in a massive manhunt, Los Angeles authorities offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former police officer suspected in three killings.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the reward, raised through several private and public donors, at a news conference at LAPD headquarters.

"Our dedication to catch this killer remains steadfast," Villaraigosa said. "We will not tolerate this reign of terror."

Meanwhile, authorities said camping gear was found along with weapons inside Dorner's burned-out pickup truck. The vehicle found Thursday in the ski resort town of Big Bear Lake was so charred that investigators couldn't be more specific about the nature of its contents, Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.

Also Sunday, police investigated a taunting phone call that may have been made by Dorner to the father of the woman they believe he killed last week. Two law enforcement officers who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation told The Associated Press they are trying to determine if the call days after the killing was made by the 33-year-old fugitive or a man posing as him.

SWAT teams with air support and bloodhounds fanned out for the fourth day to search for Dorner, who has vowed revenge against several former LAPD colleagues whom he blames for ending his career.

The effort was significantly scaled back as the weekend went on, with 25 officers and a single helicopter looking for clues in the forest and going door-to-door at some 600 cabins in the San Bernardino mountains, about 80 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

On Saturday, Chief Charlie Beck said officials would re-examine the allegations by Dorner that his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues. While he promised to hear out Dorner if he surrenders, Beck stressed that he was ordering a review of his 2007 case because he takes the allegation of racism in his department seriously.

"I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do," the chief said in a statement.

Authorities suspect Dorner in a series of attacks in Southern California over the past week that have left three people dead. Authorities say he has vowed revenge against several former colleagues. The killings and threats that Dorner allegedly made in an online rant have led police to provide protection to 50 families, Beck said.

A captain who was named a target in the manifesto posted on Facebook told the Orange County Register he has not stepped outside his house since he learned of the threat.

"From what I've seen of (Dorner's) actions, he feels he can make allegations for injustice and justify killing people and that's not reasonable," said Capt. Phil Tingirides, who chaired a board that stripped Dorner of his badge. "The end never justifies the means."

Investigators have been examining the truck to determine if it broke down or was set ablaze as a diversion. Police say the truck had a broken axle. Investigators are trying to determine whether it was already broken when they found it, or whether it was damaged when it was towed away.

Also, newly released surveillance video showed Dorner tossing several items into a Dumpster behind an auto parts store in National City on Monday. The store's manager told FOX5 in San Diego that an employee found a magazine full of bullets, a military belt and a military helmet. Majid Yahyai said he and the employee took the items across the street to a police station.

On Friday night, authorities served a search warrant and collected evidence from a Buena Park storage unit as part of their investigation. Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the evidence or say who had rented the unit.

Earlier Friday, another warrant was served at a La Palma house belonging to Dorner's mother. Officers collected 10 bags of evidence, including five electronic items.

In his online manifesto, Dorner vowed to use "every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance and survival training I've been given" to bring "warfare" to the LAPD and its families.

Dorner served in the Navy, earning a rifle marksman ribbon and a pistol expert medal. He was assigned to a naval undersea warfare unit and various aviation training units, according to military records. He took leave from the LAPD for a six-month deployment to Bahrain in 2006 and 2007.

The flight training that he received in the Navy prompted the Transportation Security Administration to issue an alert, warning the general aviation community to be on the lookout for Dorner. The extent of his potential flying skills wasn't known, the bulletin said.

Feb. 1 was his last day with the Navy and also the day CNN's Anderson Cooper received a package that contained a note on it that read, in part, "I never lied." A coin riddled with bullet holes that former Chief William Bratton gave out as a souvenir was also in the package.

Police said it was a sign of planning by Dorner before the killing began.

On Feb. 3, police say Dorner shot and killed a couple in a parking garage at their condominium in Irvine. The woman was the daughter of a retired police captain who had represented Dorner in the disciplinary proceedings that led to his firing.

Dorner wrote in his manifesto that he believed the retired captain had represented the interests of the department over his.

Hours after authorities identified Dorner as a suspect in the double murder, police believe Dorner shot and grazed an LAPD officer in Corona and then used a rifle to ambush two Riverside police officers early Thursday, killing one and wounding the other. A funeral for Officer Michael Crain, an 11 year veteran, was scheduled for Wednesday.

The crime spree spanned across a wide swath of Southern California, prompting several police agencies, including the FBI and US Marshall Service, to form a joint investigative task force.


Associated Press writers Andrew Dalton and Christopher Weber contributed to this report.

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Skyler wrote:
He's probably a fudgesicle by now... just sayin.'
on February 10,2013 | 07:57AM
inverse wrote:
Wishful thinking but this guy will not go away quietly. It is the quiet before the storm and he will attempt to take out more LAPD before he is finished.
on February 11,2013 | 05:40AM
Anonymous wrote:
I see the word drone, in his last name Dorner. Let's see a show of hands who would allow this practice, but remember they may come for you, when you stop paying your taxes.
on February 10,2013 | 12:42PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
he killed 3 completely innocent people that had nothing to do with him losing his job. No punishment would be too great for this guy, he deserves cruel and inhumane treatment and I hope he gets it.
on February 10,2013 | 01:57PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Why do they need to offer a $1 million reward for info on his whereabouts? Can't these police departments find a guy without having to pay rewards?
on February 10,2013 | 05:00PM
64hoo wrote:
because they don't live in a small state like we do.
on February 10,2013 | 06:41PM
inverse wrote:
Dorner has gained sympathy and might be getting help from others. The bounty of 1 million will make sure his closest friends and family or anyone else he might turn to rata on him. However this guy is to smart and resourceful to meed any help. For example how did he get into the secured and gated parking lot in the Irvine condo to kill the the daughter and her fiance of the former police captain? This guy will pop up somewhere, someplace in his timeframe and is going to go out, for him , in a urban gun battle similar to the gunfight in the movie HEAT with Deniro and Val Kilmers as bank robbers and Pacino as an LAPD detective

PS what about guy on Kauai who threw off a visitor off the cliff for no reason? Why doeant HTA thrown in $40,000 (or so) in reward money for the capture and conviction of that scu mbag who deserves to rot in prison for life?
on February 11,2013 | 05:34AM
inverse wrote:
Said this before, this guy snapped and it is possible, which would not be the first time, LAPD did a number on the wrong guy. Also a relevant analogy might be the Vincent D'onofrio character as an overweight recruit going through basic training with his tormenting drill sergeant played by F Lee Ermy in the movie Full Metal Jacket. Scary similarities
on February 11,2013 | 05:48AM
808comp wrote:
He is probably sitting right under their nose watching and listening to whats going on around him. I can see a law suit comming for the LAPD for shooting the two ladies. Another thought is he may be out of state too,or maybe in a bunker like the guy in Alabama.Whatever the case may be he will be caught i'm sure.
on February 11,2013 | 06:01AM
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