On Feb. 9, 2013, the Los Angeles Police Dept. announced it will reopen the investigation into the termination of former police officer Christopher Dorner, who is now wanted for the killing of three people, according to KABC 7.
He was fired after three years on the force following a claim he made that a field training officer had kicked a mentally ill arrestee. A police tribunal terminated Dorner ruling he had made false statements.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told KCBS-TV that if Dorner were to give himself up, the department “would be happy to hear what he has to say” regarding his allegations that his police career was cut short due to the racism of his colleagues.
KABC reports that during a press conference, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said a task force had been created that included the Los Angeles, Irvine, and Riverside police departments, as well as the U.S. Marshals and the FBI.
Dorner, a former Navy Reservist, is accused of murdering women’s college basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiancé Keith Lawrence on Feb. 3 as they sat in Lawrence’s white Kia in the parking lot of their Irvine condo complex.
He is also suspected of killing a police officer in Riverside on Feb. 7 when he encountered a police cruiser after fleeing from LAPD officers in Corona.
Also on Feb. 7, his burning truck was found in Big Bear, Calif. Sources told KABC that two AR-15 rifles were found in the vehicle, which had a broken axle.
Prior to the killings, Dorner posted a manifesto online that threatened at least 12 people and their families. In it, he reportedly blames Monica Quan’s father—retired LAPD Capt. Randy Quan—for his termination from the LAPD, as Quan represented him when he went before the police tribunal regarding the allegation of false statements.
The search continues for Dorner in Big Bear as police go door to door in the region.
Dorner is described by the LAPD as black, 6-feet tall, and about 270 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.