LAPD ex-officer charged with murder; $1M reward

Christopher Dorner, 33, is the target of an intense manhunt in California.
Christopher Dorner, 33, is the target of an intense manhunt in California. (L.A. Police)
Posted: February 12, 2013

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was charged Monday with murdering a Riverside police officer and special circumstances that could bring the death penalty.

Christopher Dorner was also charged with the attempted murder of another Riverside officer and two Los Angeles Police Department officers, Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach said.

The LAPD officers and the Riverside officers were fired on in two separate shootings early Thursday after Dorner became the target of a manhunt suspected of killing a former LAPD captain's daughter and her fiance the previous weekend.

"By both his words and conduct, he has made very clear to us that every law enforcement officer in Southern California is in danger of being shot and killed," Zellerbach said.

Authorities obtained a no-bail arrest warrant, which allows Dorner to be apprehended anywhere, Zellerbach said.

Southern California authorities were investigating more than 600 tips after offering a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner's arrest.

"We need the community's help in this, there's a lot more of you than there are of us," said LAPD Deputy Chief Jose Perez.

The manhunt for Dorner, 33, has left the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department stretched thin.

Along with responding to routine calls for service, police have been protecting dozens of families considered possible targets of Dorner, based on his alleged Facebook rant against those he held responsible for ending his career with the LAPD five years ago.

Police and city officials believe the reward, raised from both public and private sources, will encourage the public to stay vigilant.

"Now it's like the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire, said Anthony Burke, supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals regional fugitive task force. "Instead of one contestant, we've got 100,000, and there's only one question you have to answer. All they have to answer is where he's at, and we can take it from there."

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