Friday, February 8 2013, 03:53 PM MST
3 Dead, Cops Targets; Manhunt Spreads Across LA
(KUTV) A manhunt is underway across Southern California for a former Los Angeles Police Officer suspected of shooting several police officers overnight. The man is also a suspect in a double-murder that happened earlier this week.
Police officers in nine southern California counties are on high alert. They consider themselves possible targets of a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in two overnight shootings One police officer was shot and killed in Riverside, an hour east of Los Angeles, while another was seriously injured.
"Our officers were stopped at an intersection at a red light when they were ambushed," said Riverside Police Officer Guy Toussaint.
Investigators say the suspect is former LAPD officer, and Navy Reservist Christopher Dorner who posted an online manifesto threatening police officials and their families.
"Investigators have been here all morning collecting evidence. Even at this crime scene, police are at the ready with their rifles out," said Edward Lawrence of Riverside, California.
Police say Dorner also shot at two officers in the city of Corona Wednesday morning. The officers were on a special assignment to provide security for police officials who were mentioned in Dorner's manifesto. The officers were following Dorner in their patrol car, when they say he got out of his pickup truck and opened fire with a rifle.
"Our officers took cover, and returned fire, both officers, and one of our officers was grazed," said Rudy Lopez, LAPD.
Dorner is also suspected of shooting and killing a college basketball coach and her fianc in a parking garage on Sunday night. The father of Coach Monica Quan, represented Dorner in front of a disciplinary board before Dorner was dismissed from the LAPD for making false statements.
Dorner's former LAPD badge and ID were found near the airport in San Diego Wednesday morning.
Dorner is said to have ties to Utah. In his manifesto he mentions he grew up in Cedar City, Utah.
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