Christopher Dorner, former LAPD, is still on the run.
Authorities are searching hundreds of homes and are scouring the area with dogs. Numerous officers are also being reported with rifles along local roads and at check points.
The hunt for suspected cop-killer Christopher Dorner has brought police to a CA ski resort, at the location where the suspect’s destroyed truck was found on the mountain, with tracks in the snow leading off from it.
After police stumbled upon the burning truck close to Big Bear Lake, they followed the suspected shooter’s tracks. Dorner continues to be on the run and the California law authorities continue what is being called, “the most important man hunt in the history” of the California police.
The hunt has led police through three states and also the north of Mexico. Police are currently conducting door-to-door searches of four hundred homes close to the resort hotel at Big Bear Lake, Calif. California law enforcement are unsure if Dorner remains nearby, however as long as the weather cooperates, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department will continue looking.
Jacksonville Lawyer Help was reporting.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said that authorities had deployed 125 officers for tracking and door-to-door searches. McMahon says officers have to be mindful that the suspect may set a trap.
The suspected cop-killers actions increasingly point towards a deliberated scheme that was planned out in advance. On Thursday, CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper announced that the Dorner had sent his office a package, which arrived on Feb. 1 and must have been mailed prior to that – days before Dorner fatally shot his first two victims on Feb. 3.
The parcel contained a DVD, a letter, and a bullet-riddled coin. A sticky-note on the DVD read, “I never lied! Here is my vindication.” The coin was an LAPD token that bears the name of William Bratton, former LAPD Chief of Police. The coins are symbolic gifts sometimes given to officers to wish them good luck and are a symbol of respect. Written on duct-tape attached to the coin was the inscription, “Thanks, but no thanks Will Bratton.”
Cooper’s staff did not discover the contents of the package until Thursday, after which Cooper went on the air with Bratton to discuss its significance.
“What you’ve shown me is, to be quite frank with you, very disturbing,” said Bratton, who does not remember meeting Dorner several years ago.
“I was the Chief of Police that signed off on his discharge from the LAPD, so in terms of his grievances, I could understand his grievance directed toward me in my capacity as Chief of Police,” he said. “A lot of police officers get discharged and none of them resort to the actions that this young man has taken.”
Dorner, a 33-year-old former LAPD officer and Navy reservist, is suspected of killing two civilians and one police officer and injuring two other officers. The suspected killer has published an online manifesto on his Facebook page in which he lays out his grievances against the LAPD, includes a list of people he plans to kill, and pledges to take down their families too. In an alleged act of vengeance, Dorner’s shooting spree is in response to being “unjustly” terminated from the LAPD in early 2009. Dorner was dismissed for “making false statements” about another officer using excessive force against a schizophrenic subject. Dorner was fired, while his colleague was cleared from the accusation.
“The LAPD’s actions have cost me my law enforcement career. They cost me my naval career. … I’ve lost my relationship with my mother and sister because of the LAPD. I’ve lost a relationship with close friends because of the LAPD. In essence, I’ve lost everything because the LAPD took my name and [knew] I was INNOCENT!!!” Dorner wrote in his manifesto.
“This is my last resort. The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now led to deadly consequences.”
The police department has dispatched protection teams to guard uniformed officers and their families. Dozens of officers have built a line of defense outside of the LAPD headquarters and officers who normally patrol on motorcycles have been ordered to use patrol cars. Officers are also being dispatched in teams of at least two as the LAPD’s largest manhunt in history continues.
“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” Dorner threatened. “You will now live the life of the prey.”.