Murder Suspect's Pickup Truck Found; Manhunt Continues

Christopher Jordan Dorner reportedly ambushed two Riverside officers, killing one. Before that, he was involved in a Corona shootout. Dorner is a suspect in last weekend's fatal shooting of an engaged couple in Irvine.

Updated at 7:09 p.m. Thursday

Authorities confirmed that a burned-out truck found near Bear Mountain belongs to a fired Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing three people, including a police officer.

The discovery has prompted the lock-down of the Bear Valley School District and the temporary closure of Bear Mountain Resort as authorities conduct a door-to-door search for Christopher Jordan Dorner.

Authorities plan to search through the night, weather permitting, for Dorner.

Authorities mounted an extensive manhunt in California and Nevada searching for Dorner, who is also a former naval reservist believed to have been involved in shootings this morning in Corona and Riverside. One Riverside police officer was killed and another wounded. He also is wanted for the apparent revenge slayings of a college basketball coach, Monica Quan, and her fiance in Irvine, Keith Lawrence.

Quan is the daughter of former LAPD Capt. Randy Quan, whom Dorner blames for his firing. Dorner worked for the LAPD from Feb. 7, 2005, until Sept. 4, 2008, but was fired for allegedly making false statements about his training officer.

Randy Quan represented him during his hearing.

In a multi-page manifesto posted online Monday, Dorner said he didn't mind dying because he already died when he was fired from the LAPD, according to officials.

"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own ... [so] I am terminating yours," Dorner wrote to Randy Quan.

LAPD said its Metropolitan squad was sent to protect the people mentioned in Dorner's manifesto.

Police discovered the bodies of Monica Quan and Lawrence around 9:10 p.m. Sunday in Irvine. The two, who recently became engaged, were found dead in Lawrence's Kia at the top of the five-story parking structure for the building where they lived.

Monica Quan, 28, was in her second season as an assistant coach for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team after holding a similar position at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Lawrence, 27, was working as a patrol officer at USC's Department of Public Safety. He joined the department in August, said Carl Marziali, USC's assistant vice president of media relations.

Both died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Orange County coroner.

The attack in Corona began early Thursday near the Magnolia Avenue exit from northbound Interstate 15. When officers saw someone in the truck resembling Dorner, the truck took off, and the officers followed it as it entered I-15. Later, the suspect opened fire. It is unclear whether the suspect was injured during the shooting, but one officer was grazed, according to authorities.

Later Thursday, two officers in Riverside were ambushed and one died. Another remains in surgery.

One of the officers—a 34-year-old, 11-year veteran of the force —was killed. Authorities chose not to release the slain officer's name to protect the family. The wounded Riverside officer, who is 27 years old, underwent surgery and is expected to fully recover, Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz said.

Law enforcement officials throughout California have held news conferences informing the public about Dorner. Nevada authorities are also looking for him as he apparently owns a house nine miles from the Las Vegas Strip.

Gov. Jerry Brown also released a statement and ordered Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the officer.

"Anne and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the senseless attack on a Riverside police officer that resulted in his death this morning," he said. "We join his family, friends, co-workers and the Riverside community in mourning his death and in honoring his sacrifice."

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, San Diego police and military personnel locked down and searched Naval Base Point Loma and a nearby hotel following a reported sighting of a man matching the description of Christopher Jordan Dorner. No suspect had been found as of 11:30 a.m., officials said.

Authorities began looking for the 33-year-old suspect in San Diego about 2:30 a.m., after a badge and wallet containing his identification was found along Harbor Drive, near Lindbergh Field. His clothes were also found in a dumpster in National City, according to a U-T report.

It was not immediately clear what agency the badge might represent or if it was legitimate, but the ID was clearly Dorner's, SDPD Officer Frank Cali said.

CNN reporter and talk show host Anderson Cooper apparently received a package from Dorner too. Cooper said via Twitter the package contained a note, DVD and a "coin shot thru with bullet holes.''

He is 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds. He had been driving a gray 2005 Nissan Titan pickup, California license plate 7X03191 or 8D83987 before the vehicle was found torched in Big Bear.

Anyone encountering Dorner should consider him "armed and extremely dangerous" and should not approach but instead call 911 immediately, police said.

A tip line has also been established, 949-724-7192.

-City News Service contributed to this report

Michael February 08, 2013 at 04:00 AM
What is schizophrenic? That's what Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh was diagonozed with by some scientists. Every winnie the pooh character was diagonozed with something. And I read the manifesto and this guy sounds horrible. Found his car in Big Bear no sign of him. LAPD sent out a blue alert and not many have ever been issued. And warnings for counties from San Diego to LA. Wait, if he was reported in San Diego doesn't that mean he drove through Temecula. I'm not scared since he's in Big Bear but I will pray for the Big Bear people to be save. This stinks, I was supposed to go on a campout for scouts up in the mountains next weekend. If they don't catch this guy, I wonder if the campout will be canceled.
Michael February 08, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Tell the truth, then he will stop. We can give him death penalty then go back and tell everyone that that isn't the truth, after he's dead. Good plan isn't it.
Michael February 08, 2013 at 04:04 AM
I think he will not survive. Look at the Alabama hostage, he died. Sandy Hook shooter died. These people will either commit suicide or law enforcement will kill him. So sad, this guy looks so innocent in his pictures with his happy smiling face but in reality he is guilty. I hope he knows that usually these people are caught.
Desert Dweller February 08, 2013 at 04:06 AM
They have shot at two separate pick ups that I'm aware of, I know one was in Torrance where two women delivering newspapers were fired upon by police officers. They both had non life threatening injuries from the gunfire. Another truck was shot at but the driver wasn't hit. Any others?
Michael February 08, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Well, if your talking about in Temecula there was one ticketing people at Great Oak. If you talking about in SoCal well for more protection they have put aside the motocycle cops and put them in cars for better protection. In case you watch the news.
Michael February 08, 2013 at 04:09 AM
KB, I don't know if that was sarcastic or not but only 2 innocent people the cops shot. They were delivering newspapers but were driving in the same car as the description as Dorners car. But, it's sad but I'm not mad at LAPD they need to be on high alert. It was a innocent mistake but they have to take everything seriously which might mean shooting innocent people. Wow, that doesn't come out looking good. Makes the LAPD look bad. Well you know what I mean.
Soccer Mom February 08, 2013 at 04:31 AM
You're an idiot. They said they were putting two people in each car as a precaution, so motorcycle cops out. To want to see someone killed or hurt is a disgrace!!! And to think you call yourself a human!!!
ROBERT BLACKMEN February 08, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Let the u.s.m.c handle this one..one shot one kill..
Always Faithful February 08, 2013 at 05:09 AM
John has never or will ever wear a uniform that requires sacrifice. As for running, I think being tactical is always the sound thing to do. It's easy to judge a situation from a safe vantage point.
Roberto February 08, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Does his mean the complaint of police brutality filed by Dorner that led to his dimissal will remain buried in the cover upby the LAPD ?
Mr. Logical February 08, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Rat Fink February 08, 2013 at 07:06 AM
You John Blackwood are a coward. As for this Dorner guy, he is past the point of return. He needs to be put down before he has the chance to kill again. I do not support the idea of the tax payer footing the bill to have this rabid dog tried in court
mateo February 08, 2013 at 07:11 AM
what about the old ladies shot got shot up in torrance by the l.a.p.d. what the f**k. what do you think went through the mind's of those ladies when the bullets ripped through there truck and there bodies. the l.a.p.d. evil mofos. and they shot up another couple in redondo beach.i don't care what the f**k this guy did you don't go around shooting innocent citizens. the l.a.p.d. should not be involved in this .let the orange county sheriff and c.h.p. and the f.b.i. deal with this. the l.a.p.d. is to emotional. lets see if the f.b.i. will investigate this crap. i cant believe this shooting old ladies because it might be the bad guy.
KJO February 08, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Cops are the Biggest Gang in America~
Antonio February 08, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Should people like John Blackwood have access to unlimited firepower?
Antonio February 08, 2013 at 04:26 PM
This incident should uncover the personnel screening process that brought Christopher Dorner into both the LA Police Dept. and the Navy where he was trained to be an expert marksmen and other advanced combat skills. He is obviously wacko. In 2000 the LAPD supposedly started psychological screening and deeper background checks on new hires. Obviously that process was overridden or is flawed. We need to find out what happened.
Jenn Holt February 08, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Why wasn't border patrol closed on 15 yesterday??
SPB February 08, 2013 at 06:35 PM
An innocent mistake is when you walk into your bathroom and someone was in there but forgot to lock the door. Shooting dozens of rounds into a truck because it matches the description of another vehicle is not ok. In what world do two asian ladies look like a 300 lb black man? I think your opinion might be different if it were you or your loved ones in that vehicle.
Antonio February 08, 2013 at 07:47 PM
The accidental shooting of inocents in Torrance shows how dangerous these military assault rifles are. Remember the Bank of America holdup back in the 90's when the LAPD was outgunned by two body armored armed with military assault rifles. The reason LAPD wasn't armed to counter that threat was because LAPD management were afraid beat cops would overuse them and kill inocent civilians. We need very strong restrictions on guns/ammo or these incident will only continue. Some of the gun nuts who post on this site are "government conspiracy theorists" who share the same paranioa as the coward down in Alabama who killed a school bus driver and held a terrified 5 year hostage. Really, do you want these wackos armed to the teeth? NRA opposes any background check on gun sales. Greed and irresponsibility are the NRA's mission statement, obviously. Glad California is restricting gun and ammo sales further.
Antonio February 08, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Steve when you and the other gun nuts talk about guns would you please refer to them as "your precious." This is more descriptive of your emotional attachment to your guns.
The Teller of Truth February 08, 2013 at 11:08 PM
I don't see how two little hispanic girls trying to make a living by delivering newspapers......can EVER look like ONE BIG AFRICAN AMERICAN DUDE! Aren't the cops trained to look at and actually SEE what they are shooting at , before actually firing??? What if there was a baby in that truck? In any case, these two women will never have to throw papers again after their lawyers get done with LAPD. (What a bunch of mob mentality cowboys!)
The Teller of Truth February 08, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Instead, your taxes are going to be spent paying those two innocent girls that LAPD blindly shot just because they were driving a similar truck while on their paper route.
Michael February 09, 2013 at 02:12 AM
SPB and teller of truth, it was dark so all they saw was the truck. Are they really going to take the chance and be like hmmm I wonder if this Dorner. He has a gun. Wait, this might not be Dorner so let's get out and walk up to the car window to see if its him. We will either get shot or might be to innocent people. Heck, don't know about you but I wouldn't take the chance. Like the kid last year. Scared of cops went on high speed chase after being pulled over. Called cops and said he had a gun (when he didn't) but cops didn't know that. When he finally got out pointed his hands and pretended to shoot them. You have no time to react. He made them believe he had a gun. Cops were trying to protect themselves and go home to their families. He was shot and killed. Cops have no time to react this kid told cops he had a gun and made them believe it. These cops have little time to react. It's life or death.
Antonio February 09, 2013 at 02:38 AM
You were there? What's the point? That's it? Can't debate the issues? My views are formed upon what I see and believe. I call a spade a spade. Fifteen million new guns manufactured each year in the U.S. Too many. The gun manufacturers/distributors and their lobbyists NRA only care about selling those guns ($$$$) regardless of the damage to our society. Street crime, wackos, accidents, snap decisions/later regretted, are not worth it. Repeal the 2nd amendment if we can't craft laws to control these death machines.
Antonio February 09, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Nothing further from the truth. Investigative journalists and book writers will find out every detail and opinion in this tragic event. The real issues are military assault weapons and how someone, who is now being described by behavioral experts as having a malignant narcissistic personality disorder, was hired by LAPD and the US Navy.
dgadfg February 09, 2013 at 05:32 AM
It has nothing to do with him being terminated. He fired because he is messed up in the head, and he is still messed up in the head. Maybe we should rethink the way we allow people to procreate.
Frerion February 09, 2013 at 05:33 AM
It has nothing to do with him being terminated. He fired because he is messed up in the head, and he is still messed up in the head. Maybe we should rethink the way we allow people to procreate.
Cheryl Westfall February 09, 2013 at 06:36 AM
What was up with the Bonnie & Clyde shoot out on the paper delivery car? Is this how we should react? How about just shooting out all the tires??? How far could he could go with no wheels if it had really been him????Or were they really determined to kill so he could not speak for himself?
Antonio February 10, 2013 at 05:23 PM
The officers were probably stress-out to the max facing a highly trained marksman armed with military assault weapons. Who wouldn't be. The first to fire is probably the winner. This incident and the death of the Riverside police officer shows how even highly armed police officers are just no match against someone with a military assault rifle. There is no defense. These military weapons do not belong in our civilized society. Gun wackos like Steve Newman and the gun lobbyists such as the NRA keep talking about their 2nd amendment right to own these death machines. Nonsense we as a free society choose what makes sense and what doesn't.
Antonio February 10, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Click on the attached link of the Sheriff's report on an accidental shooting yesterday in Eastvale by an 8 year old child who discovered his dad's gun. Do you think the gun owner was being responsible? http://www.riversidesheriff.org/press/jvs13-0209-1.asp


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