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LOS ANGELES, California - Los Angeles police continue to search for the man thought to be behind the shooting of 3 police officers. Police on Christopher Dorner's trail say they got a bit closer Thursday afternoon, finding his burned out truck near Big Bear Lake, about 100 miles East of Los Angeles. Dorner was already gone, his getaway growing with the mystery of why a former U.S. Navy Reserve Lieutenant and former LAPD officer would now be suspected of multiple murders. Facebook pictures show a smiling Christopher Dorner, a former U.S. Navy Reserve Lieutenant, former LAPD officer, once trusted to protect, now suspected of killing.
"This is an example of the propensity to violence this guy has, to shoot at us," says Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Rudy Lopez.
Police say the 33 year old Dorner says he's targeting police officers as revenge for getting fired in 2008, and say 2 crime scenes Thursday prove it.
"Of course he knows what he's doing," says Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck. "We trained him, and he was also a member of the armed forces."
Law enforcers say Dorner ambushed 2 Riverside police officers in their car, killing one, wounding the other. On another scene, they believe he shot and slightly injured another officer. Dorner escaped. His motives may be best explained in what sources believe is his manifesto, which says in part "I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty". The letter also contains a threat to kill police families. Police suspect earlier this month Dorner killed Monica Quan and her fiance. Quan was the daughter of a retired police officer who had handled Dorner's appeal when he was fired.
"Dorner is considered to be armed and extremely dangerous," says Chief Beck.
Pentagon records show Dorner was rated as a rifle marksman and pistol expert, and that his last day in the Navy was February 1. 6 days later, he's a suspected murderer, putting his former colleagues on highest alert.
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