Ex-LAPD cop wrote he was heavily armed, planned widespread violence
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The former LAPD officer suspected in shootings targeting law enforcement and their families is believed to have warned in an online manifesto that he had a deep understanding of the tactics being used to stop him, was heavily armed and planned far-reaching violence.
Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, is believed to have posted the 6,000-word manifesto on what authorities think is his Facebook page following the killings of the daughter of a former Los Angeles Police Department captain and the woman’s fiance. Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence were found dead Sunday night in their car in Irvine. Dorner is also suspected in the shootings Thursday of three police officers, one fatally, in Riverside County.
The manifesto promised a “violence of action,” a military term for swift, surprising, overwhelming force.
Dorner, a former Navy reservist who has undergone training at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, Va., said he was equipped with a sophisticated “Barrett .50” sniper rifle that would leave law enforcement vehicles useless. The rifles are sometimes used to stop vehicles with a round to the engine block.
Dorner said he also was carrying shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missiles for attacks to defend against “airships or gunships.”
“I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving,” Dorner wrote.
Numerous law enforcement officials were mentioned by name as potential targets, but he warned that he was casting an enormous net in his effort to spread the killing. “I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty. [Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] is my strength and your weakness. You will now live the life of the prey,” he warned.
Dorner said in his online posting that being a police officer had been his life’s ambition since he served in the police Explorer program. Now that that had been taken away from him, he said, he suffered from severe depression, and was filled with rage at the people who forced him from his job.
Irvine victim Monica Quan’s father, Randy Quan, a retired L.A. police captain, was involved in a disciplinary review process that ultimately led to Dorner’s 2008 dismissal. The decisions followed a determination that Dorner had concocted a fraudulent story in which he accused his training officer of kicking a handcuffed suspect twice in the chest and once in the face.
Following his dismissal, Dorner said he became alienated and alone.
“I’ve lost a relationship with my mother and sister because of the LAPD. I’ve lost a relationship with close friends because of the LAPD,” Dorner said.
He said the killings were an effort to force the police to acknowledge that his abuse of force allegations had been true and that he had been unfairly dismissed.
“I’ll be waiting for a public response at a press conference. When the truth comes out, the killing stops,” Dorner said.
-- Garrett Therolf
stands guard at the scene where two Riverside police officers were shot early Thursday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times