The Los Angeles Police Department’s manhunt for suspected killer Christopher Dorner has widened after Dorner’s pickup truck was found torched in the snowy mountains around Big Bear Lake.
Last week saw the deaths of three people as the 33-year-old Dorner, a former LAPD policeman and naval reservist went on an apparent killing spree. Dorner, who served with the LAPD from 2005-2008, was removed from the police department after he alleged that a training officer had struck a schizophrenic man, but was found to have made a false statement, eventually being removed from the LAPD.
On Sunday night, Dorner is believed to have shot and killed Monica Quan, 28, and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence, 27 outside of their apartment building in Irvine, California. Ms Quan’s father, a retired policeman had represented Dorner at his police tribunal hearings and it is believed that Dorner blames Mr Quan for his dismissal from police service.
Following the shootings, on Thursday Dorner then ambushed two policemen near Los Angeles, firing upon them, killing one, while wounding the other. Since then, the LAPD has launched a manhunt for Dorner, which today widened after the suspect’s Ford pickup truck was found torched near Big Bear Lake, 80 miles east of LA.
Dorner is believed to have been quite resentful of the LAPD and considered himself to be a victim of racism at the hands of the department. In a 14-page manifesto that was discovered, Dorner explicitly issues threats against a number of people, numbering 40 including officers of the LAPD. In it he wrote that he would bring "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty".
Dorner’s burnt out truck was found near Big Bear Lake early on Friday, and investigators have said that tracks leading away from the truck had been discovered. San Bernadino County Sheriff John McMahon in a press conference held on Friday morning said that search teams would be scouring the area around the Lake, and would be searching empty cabins however Former Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton told CBS news that the truck itself could be a diversionary tactic “to draw people into that area while he's actually heading south.”
Police have asked the public for help in locating Dorner but have said to maintain distance, as Dorner is believed to be heavily armed as well as being highly trained, a point which he raised in his manifesto.