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Sweeping manhunt for ex-LA cop

LOS ANGELES — A massive manhunt is underway for a former LAPD officer and double murder suspect believed to have shot three officers on Thursday, killing one of them.

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News stations across the country broadcast video of a cabin believed to contain ex-L.A. Cop Chris Dorner Tuesday evening. Here is KTLA video of the cabin on fire.

ktlaBIG BEAR, Calif. – The six-day manhunt for accused killer Christopher Dorner took a dramatic turn Tuesday when the suspect got into a shootout with authorities, according to law enforcement sources.

Details were sketchy. But the sources said that Dorner burglarized a home in the Big Bear area, tied up a couple and stole their car.

During the gun battle, two police officers were wounded. Their conditions were unknown. A state Fish and Game official was also shot at, sources said.

Four local schools are on lockdown.

Officers have crisscrossed California pursuing tips about Dorner’s possible whereabouts and serving warrants at homes in Las Vegas and Point Loma.

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LOS ANGELES TIMES — Christopher Dorner was engaged in a shootout with federal authorities in the Big Bear area Tuesday, a law enforcement source told The Times.

The shooting occurred after Dorner burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole their car, the source said.

It was not immediately clear whether Dorner was in custody.

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A second source said there was an active crime scene but did not have details.

Law enforcement officials were swarming the area.

U.S. Marshal’s officials said in court papers that Dorner could have fled to Mexico. In Tijuana, Dorner was listed as one of the most wanted fugitives. But LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman said that was only one of many locations authorities were considering.

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Neiman said detectives were examining video that might show Dorner purchasing scuba gear at a Sport Chalet store in Torrance days before his alleged killing spree began.

Law enforcement sources told The Times that officials have confirmed the man in the video is Dorner. He spent $5 to $10 to fill up a scuba tank, the sources said. Investigators have also reviewed store receipts.

Officers have crisscrossed California pursuing tips about Dorner’s possible whereabouts and serving warrants at homes in Las Vegas and Point Loma.

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The search for Christopher Dorner stretched into another day Tuesday, as investigators said they continue to pursue more than 1,000 tips related to the fugitive former police officer suspected of killing three people.

Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman said in a news conference Tuesday that investigators were working on leads, including video from a Torrance Sport Chalet that appears to show Dorner purchasing scuba gear just days before his alleged rampage.

Neiman said investigators have the video and are reviewing it but “have not made a determination as to whether that is Chris Dorner in the tape.”

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Sources familiar with the investigation, however, told The Times that the man in the video is confirmed to be Dorner. He spent $5 to $10 to fill up is scuba tank, the sources said. Investigators have also reviewed store receipts.

The sources said there was no evidence Dorner had a scuba certification, and it was not believed that he had received underwater training during his time in the military.

A $1-million reward has been offered for information leading to the capture and arrest of Dorner, wanted in connection with a series of slayings that began Feb. 3 with the deaths of a newly engaged couple in Irvine. Dorner is also accused of shooting three police officers in Riverside County, killing one.

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dorner LOS ANGELES — As tips on Christopher Jordan Dorner’s whereabouts continued pouring into police Monday, the Riverside County district attorney filed murder and attempted murder charges against the fugitive ex-cop and offered his own chilling analysis on the manhunt.

“Even though he may have gone underground now, given the nature of his conduct and his words and his actions, he’s going to reappear,” Dist. Atty. Paul Zellerbach said.

“I don’t think he’s done. Just look at his manifesto, and look at his actions. He’s trying to send a message, and it would be my belief that his message is not completed yet.’”

As the massive manhunt for Dorner continued to unfurl Monday, Los Angeles police said the department has received more than 700 tips in connection with the investigation. That number was up about 100 from  earlier in the day.

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dornerThe Riverside County district attorney’s office filed murder and attempted murder charges Monday against fugitive ex-police officer Christopher Dorner, who is accused of shooting three police officers, one fatally, in Riverside County.

Dist. Atty. Paul Zellerbach said Dorner was charged with one count of murder, with special circumstance allegations in the killing of a peace officer and the discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, in the death of Riverside police Officer Michael Crain, 34, a married father who served two tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the U.S. Marines.

Dorner faces three additional counts of attempted murder of a peace officer for allegedly shooting and critically injuring Crain’s partner and firing upon two Los Angeles police officers in Corona for a protective detail. One of the LAPD officers was grazed by a bullet on the head.

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Sunday announced a $1-million reward for information leading to the arrest and capture of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is suspected of killing three people and wounding two others.

“We will not tolerate anyone undermining the security of this community,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference at LAPD headquarters downtown. “We will not tolerate this reign of terror.”

Police Chief Charlie Beck said the reward was “the largest local reward ever offered to our knowledge.” The reason for such a significant reward, Beck said, was “not about capturing a fleeing suspect, but about preventing another crime, likely another murder.”

“This is an act of domestic terrorism,” Beck said of those killed and allegedly targeted by Dorner. “He has targeted those we entrust to protect the public.”

james useraJames Usera talks about his former roommate, Christopher Dorner, a former LAPD officer who is wanted in connection with serial killings in Los Angeles.

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Authorities combing the Big Bear area found no new signs of Christopher Dorner overnight but vowed Friday to continue searching until they found the ex-police officer or knew definitively that he had left the area.

In a morning update on the search, San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon said more than 100 officers would be back in the field Friday after overnight efforts failed to yield new evidence and “certainly did not find” Dorner, the 33-year-old ex-LAPD officer sought in a series of shootings that have left three dead and two wounded.

McMahon acknowledged that Dorner had time to leave Big Bear but said authorities were not sure if he had done so. The search would continue, the sheriff said, until “either we discover that he left the mountain or we find him. One of the two.”

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Crews conducted door-to-door searches until about midnight and patrolled streets after that, McMahon said. McMahon did not say how many of the approximately 400 homes in the area had been searched, but said the door-to-door effort would resume again Friday. Teams would also continue to scour the area where Dorner’s burning truck was found.

McMahon mentioned the possibility that Dorner had holed up in one of the vacant cabins in the area.

“We want to make sure he didn’t find a place to hide out for the night,” he said, adding that officials would reevaluate their tactics after all of the buildings were cleared.

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