SAN YSIDRO, Calif. – Only two traffic lanes were open on southbound Interstate 5 at the US – Mexican border over the weekend, as the hunt for a suspected cop killer continued.
Officers wearing body armor and cradling rifles watched traffic heading through the unusual bottleneck at the checkpoint in San Ysidro. The U.S. Border Patrol confirmed extra security at the busiest border crossing in the world was a result of the manhunt for 33-year-old Christopher Jordan Dorner.
“Usually you go right through, but not this time,” said Desiree Prado, a San Diego resident.
Authorities requested added security from US Customs and Border Protection. Authorities believe Dorner may have wanted to go to Mexico when he allegedly tried to steal a boat in Point Loma Wednesday night.
But some people said the added border security was not necessary.
“If I was trained by the police and I was going to evade them – I would not go through known checkpoints. I would not go to high-profile areas where they have camera surveillance up,” said Jeremy Posey, a Rancho San Diego resident.
Authorities said the added border security will be indefinite and travelers heading to Mexico should expect delays.
Law enforcement officers in San Diego County and across the Southwest remained on heightened alert for a third consecutive day.
Police and the Sheriff’s office reported no new possible sightings of Dorner, who was fired by the Los Angeles Police Department five years ago.
In Los Angeles, police Chief Charlie Beck refused to make any comments as he attended a City Hall prayer breakfast.
Both the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department were had regular staffing levels as authorities in the Big Bear area resumed their search.