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Corona, Calif., police officers stand near the site of a police shooting Thursday. Thousands of police officers throughout Southern California and Nevada searched for Dorner.
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Date published: 2/8/2013
LOS ANGELES--An ex-Los Angeles police officer who authorities say went on a killing spree to punish those he blamed for his firing killed three people, set off a manhunt that stretched across three states and into Mexico, and stirred fear throughout the region.
Police found a burned-out pickup truck late Thursday afternoon that belongs to Christopher Dorner near the Bear Mountain ski area at Big Bear Lake, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said officers were going door to door looking for him.
Throughout the day, thousands of heavily armed officers patrolled highways in the state. Some stood guard outside the homes of people police say Dorner vowed to attack in an angry rant posted online. Electronic billboards that usually alert motorists to commute times urged them to call 911 if they saw him or his truck.
"I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" to Los Angeles Police Department officers, on or off duty, said the manifesto. It also asserted: "Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared. That's what this is about, my name. A man is nothing without his name."
Dorner, 33, had multiple weapons including an assault rifle, said Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck. At an unusual press conference in an underground room at police headquarters where there was more security than normal, Beck urged Dorner to surrender.
"Of course he knows what he's doing, we trained him. He was also a member of the Armed Forces," he said. "It is extremely worrisome and scary."
The nearly 10,000-member LAPD dispatched some of its officers to protect more than 40 potential targets across the region on Thursday. The department also pulled officers from motorcycle duty, fearing they would make for easy targets.
"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours," the manifesto said.
At one point, officers guarding one location mistakenly opened fire on a pickup truck believing it matched the description of Dorner's dark-colored 2005 Nissan Titan, injuring two innocent occupants.
The chief said there had been a "night of extreme tragedy in the Los Angeles area" and that the department was taking measures to ensure the safety of officers and their families.