Murder Suspect's Pickup Truck Found; Manhunt Continues

UPDATE: Christopher Jordan Dorner reportedly ambushed two Riverside police early Thursday, killing one. Before that, he was involved in a Corona shootout and allegedly killed an engaged couple in Irvine as revenge for his dismissal from the LAPD.

Updated at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 7, 2013

Three law enforcement helicopters flew above the Big Bear area Thursday night in search of the fired Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected in the revenge slayings of a Cal Sate Fullerton basketball coach and her finance in Irvine and the early morning ambush killing of a Riverside police officer.

The truck belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner was found burning just off a forest road in the area late today, authorities said.

All the areas where someone could have walked away from the truck were being searched by ground, Cindy Bachman of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said at a 9 p.m. news conference.

"I'm not aware of any evidence found near the truck, nor am I aware of any explosives," Bachman said.

Bachman said she was not aware of any vehicle having been stolen since the burned out truck was discovered.

Deputies have gone to about half of the 400 vacation homes in the area and there were no signs of forced entry at any of them, Bachman said.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department provided two of the helicopters used in the search, while the other came from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The truck’s 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. . A tow truck was brought in to take the vehicle out of the area, with armed officers surrounding the truck.

Authorities plan to search through the night, weather permitting, for DornerAuthorities 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 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

Komfort February 07, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Right after female paper deliverers.
Batman February 07, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Because they know gun control will apply to them also after they retire or quit, or even when they are off duty.
Kevin George February 08, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Hold it Libi, I thought the most likely victim of my gun was one of my family or acquaintances.
Komfort February 08, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Komfort February 08, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Maybe Obama can send an armed Drone to Big Bear.
Libi Uremovic February 08, 2013 at 01:24 AM
'...Hold it Libi, I thought the most likely victim of my gun was one of my family or acquaintances....' he executed his boss' kid ... because he had no family of his own... '..."I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own ... [so] I am terminating yours,"...'
Batman February 08, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Ah yes, here we have an actual provable case of someone shooting people to promote gun control.
Aubrey O. Nabb February 08, 2013 at 11:28 AM
I can understand the fear the police are in right now--but come on guys, easy of the trigger jsut because a similar vehicle is sighted that turned out to be two women delivering newwspapaers , don't start shooting because you are scared. I am travelling from Arizona today to the Palm Springs area and I am more afraid of thsi trip than the 7 /12 years I spent in coountry Vietnam !!
Komfort February 08, 2013 at 11:42 AM
"However, as of early Friday tracks that surrounded the truck and hours of door-to-door searching around Bear Mountain Ski Resort had turned up nothing, and authorities conceded that the whereabouts of Dorner, also a former Naval reservist and onetime college running back, remained a mystery. "We don't know what he's going to do," said Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, one of many law enforcement agencies whose primary purpose Thursday became finding Dorner. "We know what he's capable of doing. And we need to find him."" http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/08/mountain-manhunt-underway-for-ex-cop-accused-killing-3-after-burned-out-truck/ Maybe he will lie low for a 10 day waiting period while law abiding citizens await the arrival of their self defense tools.
Kevin George February 08, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Nice dodge Libi. What does that have to do with the inconsistency of you first saying that we are more likely to kill a friend or family member than an intruder with our gun and you asking:" i do wonder why it's not 1st responders calling for more gun control since they are the most likely targets...
Libi Uremovic February 08, 2013 at 06:28 PM
the man is not stopping intruders kevin - he killed the only 'family' he had...which was other cops and his ex boss' family... and yes kevin - after they execute their family they prepare for their big hollywood shootout with the cops...which is where we're at now... and yes, it is always the 1st responders that are called to clean up the mess ....whether everyone is dead or they're still shooting...the 1st responders have to do their jobs... so tell me kevin...who should pay for the millions of dollars of wasted tax payer money for this episode of 'crazywithagun'...?? and no - pushing the costs and problem to the next generation is not an acceptable solution ...
Kevin George February 08, 2013 at 06:35 PM
We have been over the insurance thing, have a nice day.
Libi Uremovic February 08, 2013 at 07:05 PM
'..We have been over the insurance thing...' yea, and your big worry is that this freak won't have enough money for his arsenal of weapons if he had to pay an insurance premium... who pays kevin...the bills are billing up....this manhunt is going to cost the tax payers of cali millions... WHO PAYS? ??? who should pay kevin - i want your honest opinion as to who this burden should be pushed on...because the man creating the debt has no money or insurance to cover the costs ....so who do you think should pay the bill...?? who do you 'think' is going to pay the bill ?? you don't want him to carry insurance...you don't want him to be burdened, so he's not burdened....you got your way - this is your choice, now you pay for the result of your poor choices....
Kevin George February 08, 2013 at 07:16 PM
We went over this Libi, remember? I guess I have fallen into the miasma of comments you are endlessly responding to. Or is the pots effect on your memory? Also broken record comes to mind.
Libi Uremovic February 08, 2013 at 07:32 PM
yes, but you never have an answer as to who should pay for the costs to self and society... this is reality - the bills are due - who pays ? how is it that now you want to be the liberal socialist and not talk about the expenses...??
Batman February 08, 2013 at 07:40 PM
I have an even better idea. Anyone with a criminal record of any kind should have to pay into an insurance fund to pay for the public defenders. Why should the taxpayers have to foot the bill for free attorneys?
Kevin George February 08, 2013 at 09:06 PM
One more time. You cannot force someone to buy something to exercise their God given right to self defense. I am not prepared to bar someone from defending his family because he cannot afford it and neither should you. Who could afford a policy that would pay out tens of millions of dollars that Sandy Hook would cost if people had someone to sue? Who pays for the forest fires caused by irresponsible people? Would you require insurance for someone to enter a National forest? I'm done you won't be hearing from me anymore.
Things I Learned February 08, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Imagine the idea of the government forcing you to buy a product you don't want just because you exist ha ha ha ha that would never happen in America... oh right....
Libi Uremovic February 08, 2013 at 09:38 PM
1. god didn't invent the weapon - that is a man made invention that goes against god. 2. there is no 'defense' of home or family in this or most situations 3. very few people could afford the insurance for an arsenal of weapons with crazy people in the house - which would have prevented sandy hook 4. people already pay a fire prevention fee each time they enter a state or national forest ...welcome to 1974... tobacco smokes pay additional fees even if they never get ill from the product....everyone that drives a vehicle has to pay for additional fees and taxes to pay for costs to self and society... but when it comes to weapons the 'solution' by the 'i don't want to pay' crowd is to pass the financial burden unto the taxpayer you either pay for the problems or you don't cry your crocodile tears when other eliminate the problem by eliminating your toys that you obviously can't afford or you would insure them... if weapons can't be regulated, controlled, or insured....they will be eliminated... and you will have no one to blame but yourselves.... your only solution is to for me to pay - i will vote to save my money because your rights end where my rights...and my money ...begin...
Libi Uremovic February 08, 2013 at 09:41 PM
'..I have an even better idea. Anyone with a criminal record of any kind should have to pay into an insurance fund to pay for the public defenders. Why should the taxpayers have to foot the bill for free attorneys?...' it's not a 'better idea'...it's just a way to divert the conversation ....it is the reason our country is in economic ruins... because the weapon has no insurance - this freak is going to cost the tax payers millions for the manhunt and prison time...what's a few bucks more for his attorney...
Komfort February 08, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Maybe the cops shouldn't get paid until they catch him. That would save some money.
Things I Learned February 08, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Thanks for ruining the economy Batman but pretty slick how you made it look like Barack Obama's stupidity that did it.
Kevin George February 08, 2013 at 11:40 PM
"they will be eliminated" That's the bottom line you have been circling but don't have the guts for. When you're ready for that, bring it. PS: If God gave the criminal a gun, I get one too.
Things I Learned February 08, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Molon libi
Kevin George February 09, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Nice one TIL!
Libi Uremovic February 09, 2013 at 12:59 AM
no, what i 'want' is an insurance requirement so that the individual can own any weapon he can afford to cover with insurance... the smokers refused to stop spitting their tobacco butts in the sand.....what i and most people 'wanted' was for them to take responsibility for their personal lifestyle choices....but they refused... now it's illegal to smoke tobacco on the beach - too bad for them.... this is the time for weapons owners to step to the plate with a solution to protect their rights as individual while protecting the rights of their fellow man... ..but no, you don't get to cry when your rights are taken away because you refuse to accept responsibility ... you're doing it to yourselves...you're taking yourselves down that road and no, it is no one's fault but your own.... who's fault will it be? will it be 'the liberals'...? no - there will be no blaming anyone but yourselves because you couldn't grow up or wise up or see the writing on the wall. ...too bad for you...
Things I Learned February 09, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Cigarette smoking is in the Constitution.
Komfort February 09, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Should sexually active women get pregnancy insurance policies? WHO PAYS? ???
Komfort February 09, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Should sexually active gays get AIDS insurance policies? WHO PAYS? ???
Kevin George February 09, 2013 at 01:14 AM
You can't take can you Libi? When all the BS is stripped away what you want is World without guns, and that might have been nice, but the toothpaste is out of the tube.


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