LOS ANGELES - Thousands of police officers in Southern California and Nevada are hunting for a disgruntled former Los Angeles officer wanted for going on a deadly shooting rampage that he warned in an online posting would target those on the force who wrong him.
Authorities issued a statewide "officer safety warning" and police were sent to protect people named in the posting that was believed to be written by fired officer Christopher Dorner. Among those mentioned were members of LAPD. Urging Dorner to surrender, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Dorner has available multiple weapons including an assault rifle.
The search for Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements, began after he was linked to a weekend killing in Irvine. One of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented Dorner during the disciplinary hearing. Authorities believe Dorner opened fire early Thursday on police in area cities, killing a Riverside officer and wounding another.
Beck detailed Dorner's alleged crimes in an usual press conference in an underground room at police headquarters, where extra security was deployed.