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Fugitive Christopher Dorner and His War With the LAPD Police

Updated on February 12, 2013

Christopher Dorner and Former Police Chief William Bratton

William Dorner posing with Police Chief William Bratton
William Dorner posing with Police Chief William Bratton

Christopher Dorner

Christopher Dorner Quote

"No one grows up and wants to be a cop killer. It was against everything I've ever was."

-Christopher Dorner

Former LAPD Police Chief

William Bratton, Former LAPD Police Chief
William Bratton, Former LAPD Police Chief

Who is Christopher Dorner?

Christopher Dorner is a fugitive on the run, after killing two in Irvine, CA, and shooting three cops in Riverside County, CA.

Monica Quan, 28 (assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton), and Keith Lawrence, 27 (Public safety officer at USC) were Dorner's first two victims.

Dorner is 33, and lives in La Palma (Orange County), CA. He drives a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck with license plate reading "7X03191"

Dorner was fired from the LAPD several years ago after making false statements about his training officer. He claimed that a colleague kicked a detainee. The former LAPD Police Chief, William Bratton (below, right) does not remember the incident.

"I had broken their supposed 'Blue Line," Dorner wrote. "It is clear as day that the department retaliated toward me for reporting [the officer]. ...The department stated that I had lied and made up the report."

Since the incident, Dorner claims that his personal life has been ruined.

Dorner went on to write:

"The LAPD's actions have cost me my law enforcement career...They cost me 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!!!"

Christopher Dorner was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserves, after 10 years of service. He served through one tour in the Persian Gulf.

Dorner is considered very dangerous, and has been recognized as a marksman with a rifle. Police officers across the state of California are all on high alert, wearing protective gear in public.

Christopher Dorner wrote: "I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty...You will now live the life of the prey."

Update: Deputies engaged Christopher Dorner at a cabin in a gunfight on Tuesday February 12, 2012. One deputy was killed. The other hospitalized for gunshot wounds. A body was pulled from the burning cabin, and LAPD identified it as Christopher Dorner.

Dr. Howard Askins

Dr. Howard Askins, Forensic Psychiatrist
Dr. Howard Askins, Forensic Psychiatrist

Dorner's Manifesto Analyzed

Dr. Howard Askins reviewed Christopher Dorner's "rage-filled" manifesto, listing people that he is targeting. Dr. Askins believes that Dorner has no plans to return home, with the motive of wanting to take out as many people as he can, before taking his own life.

Dr. Askins says Dorner is "narcisistic and grandiose," but doesn't believe Dorner is insane.

"I have more questions than I do have answers at this point."

-Dr. Howard Askins

Cold Hard Cash

1 Million Dollar Reward

If you have tips on the whereabouts of Christopher Dorner, there is a $1M reward out for information leading to his arrest.

Contact the Los Angeles Police Department if you have more information on this wanted fugitive.


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    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California


      Nothing can be done as long as people are watching it.

      I don't have access to cable news, and I don't watch broadcast news, I try to get my news on the Internet where I can decide how long to spend on it.

      With broadcast news it takes a while to get the weather, which can be done in seconds from the Internet.

      If we don't watch the news as most people do, which could range from a half hour, to many hours, and some watch it for most of the day and night.

      To me there is nothing more depressing than watching the news. I pass it on the way to find some entertainment, but even then I see too much of it.

      So the answer is how do we get people away from watching what they call the news, but is actually op eds of the news.

      Things would be different if the news shows were really just reporting the news, but the viewers have come to see these shows as a form of entertainment.

      just a thought.


    • zeke2100 profile image

      zeke2100 5 years ago

      ib, I agree with you that the news outlets are wearing it out. Turn on any of them and they say they have up-to-the-minute coverage on this story and "breaking news" even though they don't have any new information.

      How do we change the news media in our culture?

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California


      I just don't understand why the public has to know so much about him. The police and other law enforcement agencies that are looking for him need to know as mush as they can about him, but the public only needs to know information that will assist them in being safe.

      Unless the public needs to know so they can become a cop killer and fugitive, I don't understand the point.

      The news has been exploiting the man hunt, and the talking heads are repetitious, and just keep talking when they run out of real news. They bring experts, and pseudo experts on the air to dissect the manifesto, and other information about Dorner.

      It is like the freeway accident, we are compelled to look at the scene instead of concentrating on driving safely.

      It is a steroid version of the infamous CA police chase, the only thing that the public needs to know is how to avoid being part of the chase. But the talking heads act like the sports show, where they will tell you what might happen, and what might be the next move, and they just keep talking. This is not helpful at all.

      I think people look at the police chase, like they were looking at the Christians versus the lions. They are waiting for when the lion kills the Christian.

      The news media should be reporting the news, and not trying to armchair quarterback it.

      My point is that the news should be the news, and the opinions are not news. News shouldn't be a replacement for entertainment.

      my opinion.

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Hi zeke,

      Thanks for the backgrounder. Voted up and interesting.

      Apparently there are a LOT of bad apples within Southern Cal copdom. Two women delivering newspapers were shot by police involved in the manhunt. Why?

      Apparently because they were driving a vehicle whose physical description was similar to that of Dorners. Hey psycho cops, can you read a license plate?

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      Ron Gawthorp 5 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

      This is a fascinating but blood-chilling drama. Thanks for giving me more than I could glean from TV news!