Former LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, has killed three near Los Angeles after vowing to take revenge against those he says are responsible for his wrongful 2008 firing. A large-scale manhunt for Dorner is underway in Southern California and Nevada where he is believed to be at large after allegedly killing the daughter of one of his superiors and her fiancé. He is also accused of killing a police officer.
Dorner vowed to kill family members of those whom he claimed wrote false assessments of his job performance that resulted in his termination. Dorner claims that he was illegally and unfairly relieved of his duties as an LAPD officer when he reported a fellow cop to internal affairs for using excessive force when apprehending a suspect. “I had broken their supposed ‘Blue Line,’” Dorner wrote in an 11,000 word manifesto he posted on his Facebook page.
In the manifesto Dorner addresses in rambling detail a number of perceived wrongs and other issues relating to what he considers to have been his wrongful termination. He lists elements related to his firing that he says prove that he did nothing wrong while on the job. He also touches on other subjects in the manifesto, such as race relations in America. In many ways the manifesto is also a suicide note. He bids goodbye to many of his friends from the past, talks about the movies that he will not be able to see, and says, “Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared. That’s what this is about, my name. A man is nothing without his name.”
Dorner, an ex-Marine with combat training, very specifically described who he planned to hunt down and kill. LAPD has assigned special security teams to protect the other officers Dorner listed as targets in his manifesto, two of whom were injured in the line of duty when Dorner failed to kill his target. Shortly after, Dorner fired upon two LAPD officers who were sitting in a patrol car at a traffic light, killing one and injuring the other.
“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours,” Dorner wrote. “Look your [sic] wives/husbands and surviving children directly in the face and tell them the truth as to why your children are dead.”
Shortly after Dorner posted his manifesto, Monica Quan, the daughter of police Capt. Randy Quan Dorner, and her fiancé Keith Lawrence, were found shot dead in a car in the parking garage of the condominium complex in which they lived.
Dorner was last seen driving an old-model Nissan pickup truck, which has been found abandoned and on fire near a Southern California ski resort. Earlier, in a case of mistaken identity, police fired on a vehicle spotted in Torrance, California, that fit the description of Dorner’s truck. One of the occupants sustained minor wounds while the other is in the critical care unit at a nearby hospital.
Authorities say Dorner is heavily armed and is carrying an assault rifle along with several other weapons. In his manifesto, Dorner claims that he received top marks as a marksman in the Marines and has completed survival training and other commando-like courses. “Hopefully your analysts have done your homework,” Dorner wrote in his manifesto. “You are aware that I have always been the top shot, highest score, an expert in rifle qualifications in every unit I’ve been in. I will utilize every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance, and survival training I’ve been given.”
Dorner also said that he is depressed, for which he holds the LAPD and those whom he says wrongfully terminated him as fully responsible. “If possible, I want my brain preserved for science/research to study the effects of severe depression on an individual’s brain,” Dorner wrote.