Christopher Jordan Dorner is an Iraq Navy veteran who has marksman awards. He’s an ex-L.A. police officer. And he’s a fugitive right now, the subject of a massive manhunt centered in Southern California but expanding to include Nevada, Arizona and Mexico.
On Sunday night, the bodies of Monica Quan and her fiance’, Keith Lawrence, were found in their car in Irvine. The killing was linked to Dorner through the victim’s father, who is a former LAPD captain-turned-lawyer. The elder Quan represented Dorner in front of a police tribunal that ended up ruling against Dorner.
According to documents, Dorner was fired from the LAPD in 2008 and, in October of 2011, there was a hearing concerning an incident in which he made a complaint against his field training officer. Dorner alleged that she kicked a suspect in the course of an arrest. The suspect suffered from severe dementia and the suspect’s father testified supporting Dorner’s claim.
Now, it seems, Dorner is on a mission to clear his name. And to retaliate. He posted a manifesto in which he writes:
“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty. 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.”
Police believe the manifesto to be genuine as it contains details that only Dorner would know.
The first indication that this was a vendetta came on Thursday when Dorner fired on LAPD officers who were working on a security detail in Corona, CA. Witnesses pointed out Dorner’s truck as suspicious and police followed him until he stopped. At that point, Dorner got out and fired on the officers, grazing one of them. Later, in Riverside, Dorner shot at a police car with two policemen inside at a stoplight. One of the officers died. Area police are so skittish that they have reportedly fired at vehicles that look like the one the suspect was driving.
To add to the strangeness, CNN’s Anderson Cooper apparently received a package from Dorner. He tweeted earlier today that it contained a note and “a coin shot thru with bullet holes.”
In the latest update, Dorner’s truck was found at Big Bear, a ski area in the mountains near Los Angeles, abandoned and burned. The authorities are currently conducting a door-to-door search. The suspect is considered extremely dangerous.
T. Steelman is a life-long Liberal. She has been writing online about politics since 2007. She lives in Western Washington with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and a small herd of alpacas. How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit…