Law enforcement from Southern California to the Mexican border were searching Thursday for a former Los Angeles police officer, suspected of killing a couple over the weekend and opening fire on four officers early Thursday, killing one in Riverside and critically wounding another.
The search for Christopher Dorner, who was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008 for making false statements, even reportedly stretched to Las Vegas, as authorities say he has a home there.
Early Thursday, four police officers were shot at in a pair of separate shootings in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.
The first occurred in Corona and involved a pair of LAPD officers working a security detail. One officer was grazed. Later, two officers on routine patrol in neighboring Riverside were ambushed at a stop light. One died and the other was in surgery. The Riverside officers shot overnight were not actively looking for Dorner, according to a police spokesperson.
Authorities reported that Dorner's LAPD badge and an ID were located close to San Diego's Lindbergh Field and were turned in to police.
The search for Dorner began given his alleged actions in the killings of Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, who were found shot to death in their car at a parking structure Sunday evening. The pair had reportedly returned home to their apartment following a Super Bowl party.
Dorner, 33, implicated himself in the killings by leaving behind a multi-page "manifesto" that he wrote that included threats against several people, including members of the LAPD.