Ex-LAPD Cop Christopher Dorner Eludes Manhunt for Nearly Week

Monday, 11 Feb 2013 10:59 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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The manhunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, whose rage-filled grudge against the Los Angeles Police Department surfaced last week in the middle of a shooting spree that left three dead, entered its sixth day on Monday.

In what police have called a "domestic act of terrorism," as forecast in the 33-year-old former LAPD officer's online manifesto, a deadly campaign began Feb. 3 with the double murder of the daughter of a former police captain and her fiancé, followed by two separate shootings of police officers on Thursday.

Authorities from Mexico to Las Vegas are on the lookout for Dorner, along with authorities in Big Bear, Calif., which was the focus of the search last week when Dorner's torched truck was discovered on a local forest road.

On Sunday, two separate tips about Dorner sightings led police to lockdown a Lowe's store in Northridge, but it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

On Friday night, authorities served a search warrant and collected evidence from a Buena Park storage unit as part of the investigation. Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the evidence or say who had rented the unit, according to CBS News.

Earlier Friday, another warrant was served at a La Palma house belonging to Dorner's mother. Officers collected 10 bags of evidence, including five electronic items.

At a news conference on Sunday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner's arrest.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the reward was "the largest local reward ever offered to our knowledge." The reason for such a significant reward, Beck said, was "not about capturing a fleeing suspect, but about preventing another crime, likely another murder."

The reign of terror is reportedly fueled by Dorner's 2009 dismissal from the police force for making false statements against a fellow officer.

"The LAPD's actions have cost me my law enforcement career," Dorner wrote in his manifesto. "They cost my naval career. … I've lost my relationship with my mother and sister because of the LAPD. I've lost a relationship with close friends because of the LAPD. In essence, I've lost everything because the LAPD took my name and new (sic) I was INNOCENT!!!"

On Saturday, Beck announced officials will re-examine Dorner's claims that his dismissal was the work of racist colleagues. While he promised to hear out Dorner if he surrenders, Beck stressed that he was ordering a review of the case because he takes the allegation of racism in his department seriously.

"I do this not to appease a murderer," Beck said in a statement. "I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do."

Related stories:

Christopher Dorner: Ex-LAPD Cop Sought in Couple's Murder; Death Toll Rises

Authorities Announce $1 Million Reward for Dorner

Christopher Dorner: Ex-LAPD Cop Suspected of Murder Eludes California Manhunt

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