A massive manhunt reached into California mountains, to neighboring states and even into Mexico as authorities continued their search for a bitter and angry ex-policeman suspected of killing three people and terrorizing Southern California in a vendetta against his former department.
Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, who was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008, is thought to have shot and killed two police officers, as well as the daughter of the now-retired police officer who handled his appeal against being fired.
The 6-foot, 270-pound former Navy Reserve lieutenant, considered a skilled marksman with military training, posted on his Facebook page a lengthy, rambling manifesto outlining his grievances with LAPD officials and vowed to “terminate” them and their families.
“I never had an opportunity to have a family of my own. I’m terminating yours,” Mr. Dorner said in the manifesto, posted online by KTLA-TV. “You have misjudged a sleeping giant.”
The manifesto accuses the LAPD and numerous specific officers of racism and other slights but also holds forth on a wide variety of subjects in a manner that defies political categorization.
Mr. Dorner’s manifesto endorses an assault-weapons ban, praises several CNN journalists, including Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper, lauds President Obama and denounces his opponents as “birthers,” boosts the goals of “LGBT community and supporters” and endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2016.
But in other parts of the manifesto, he says his favorite 2012 presidential candidate was Republican Jon Huntsman Jr., he cheers on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and advises him to lose weight, cites Colin L. Powell as a personal role model, and calls “the honorable President George H.W. Bush” his second-favorite president and wishes him a good recovery from recent health problems.
The personal parts of the manifesto specifically threaten all Los Angeles police officers and implies that his rampage will end only with his death.
“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” Mr. Dorner 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.”
The search for Mr. Dorner moved Thursday afternoon to Big Bear, Calif., after police found a burned-out vehicle matching the description of his blue Nissan Titan truck. Later in the day, San Bernardino police confirmed the truck as Mr. Dorner’s and found tracks leading away from the truck. Officials declined to say exactly where the tracks went, except that they had not led directly to Mr. Dorner.
Overnight temperatures in the mountains were expected to fall into the teens, and a snowstorm was predicted.
The multicity rampage began Sunday with a double homicide in a parking lot of an apartment building in Irvine.View Entire Story
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Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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