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Ex-police LAPD officer sought for killings

Cynthia E. Griffin- | 2/6/2013, 5 p.m.

A man hunt for a fired Los Angeles police and reserve naval officer who is suspected of killing an Irvine couple on Sunday, kiling a Riverside police officer this morning and posting a manifesto that threatens high-level LAPD officials and their families, has law enforcement officials on edge in three counties.

That unease apparently was behind the involvement of Los Angeles and Torrance police in two shootings in Torrance today when officers came across vehicles similar to the one sought by authorities searching for suspect, Christopher Dorner, 33, who remains at large, according to police.

The first shooting occurred about 5:20 a.m. in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, where Los Angeles police detectives wounded two Asian women delivering newspapers. The second shooting occurred about 5:45 a.m. at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street. No one was injured in that incident.

Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said both incidents involved vehicles matching the description of the one sought in connection with Dorner.

In a related incident, a wallet containing a badge and the identification of Dorner was found near Lindbergh Field in San Diego early today. The wallet was found along Harbor Drive by a passerby and turned over to police around 2:20 a.m., according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

It was not immediately clear what agency the badge represented or whether it was legitimate, but the identification was clearly for multiple homicide suspect Dorner, Cali said.

Police were also investigating whether Dorner was involved in an attempted boat-jacking in Point Loma Wednesday night, according to San Diego police Detective Gary Hassen.

Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, a gunman matching Dorner's description boarded a 47-foot vessel docked in the 2700 block of Qualtrough Street, police said.

The gunman tied up an 81-year-old man who was on the boat at the time and then tried to pull the boat out of its slip. When he could not operate the vessel, he took some article from the victim instead and left, police said.

Dorner, posted the multi-page manifesto (see the document below) online Monday, saying he didn't mind dying because he already died when he was fired from the LAPD for allegedly making false statements about his training officer. He blamed his termination on an LAPD captain who represented him at the hearing that preceded it.That former captain was the father of the young female basketball coach killed in Irvine with her fiance Sunday.

According to someone knowledgeable about LAPD training methods, when individuals leave the training academy, they have essentially been brainwashed into believing that the LAPD is their "family."

Consequently, a rejection by this "family" can have a major impact. Additionally, African American officers say racism within the LAPD is over the top.

City News Service contributed to this story.

MANIFESTO:
I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders and have taken drastic and shocking actions in the last couple of days. You are saying to yourself that this is completely out of character of the man you knew who always wore a smile wherever he was seen. I know I will be villified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake andcomplete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name. The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions.

The question is, what would you do to clear your name?