Thousands of police officers in Southern California and Nevada are trying to track down a former LAPD officer who allegedly shot and killed three people in revenge for being laid off from the force. The suspect, 33-year-old Christopher Dorner, remains at large as of Thursday morning.
Police say Dorner implicated himself in the killings through a “manifesto” that he posted online this week in which he identifies potential targets by name.
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post:
The search for Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements, began after he was linked to a weekend killing in which one of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented him during the disciplinary hearing. Authorities believe Dorner opened fire early Thursday on police in cities east of Los Angeles, killing an officer and wounding another.
...In a Facebook post, Dorner said he knew he would be vilified by the LAPD and the news media, but that “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.”
As police searched for him, the packed Los Angeles area was on edge. The nearly 10,000-member LAPD dispatched many of its officers to protect potential targets. The department also pulled officers from motorcycle duty, fearing they would make for easy targets.