A police manhunt is underway, as LAPD officers are searching for Christopher Dorner, a 33-year old ex-police officer who is suspected in the killing of Cal State Fullerton basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiancé Keith Lawrence on Saturday. Dorner reportedly wrote a manifesto that he planned to hunt down LAPD officers and kill them.
Early Thursday morning, Dorner killed a third person when he was involved in a shootout with two police officers near Riverside. Dorner shot and killed one officer while the second officer was wounded. Police became aware of the shooting thanks to a Good Samaritan who picked up the police radio and made a distress call on behalf of the wounded officer.
Riverside Lt. Guy Toussaint told the media that the two officers were not responding to any sort of call when they were attacked by Dorner, rather they were simply ambushed.
“By all accounts, it appears they were stopped at a red light and just ambushed by the suspect,” said Riverside Lt. Guy Toussaint. ”The suspect did flee the scene, and we’re in the process of trying to identify and apprehend the suspect at this time.”
Neither officer has been identified yet. One officer was pronounced dead at the scene while his partner is currently in emergency surgery with his condition at the moment unknown. Police believe that Dorner was involved in a shooting before the slaying this morning, as two officers reported being shot by a man now believed to be Doner. The first pair of officers shot were providing protecting a family named in Dorner’s manifesto.
Dorner, who is a former U.S. Marine, wrote a manifesto which warned that he would bring “warefare” on officers whether they were on-duty or not.
“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” Dorner allegedly wrote in a lengthy letter promising retribution against the department, where he worked from 2005 until 2008. An LAPD source provided the document Thursday to CNN.
The LAPD released a statement regarding Dorner, telling the public that the entire police department is devoted to finding Dorner and keeping the community and the families within the community dafe and out of harms way.
“Our department is implementing all measures possible to ensure the safety of our LAPD personnel, their families and the Los Angeles community, and will continue to do so until Dorner is apprehended and all threats have been abated.”
Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for giving false statement against a fellow arresting officer, killed Monica Quan and her fiancé on Saturday sparking the manhunt. It is believed that Quan may have been targeted die to the fact her father was a lawyer that unsuccessfully defended Dorner in front of a police tribunal in 2011.
The manhunt is ongoing and authorities are urging the public to assist them with any information that will lead to the whereabouts of Dorner.