Former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner stalked several Los Angeles police officials named in a manifesto he is believed to have posted online in the weeks leading up to a series of shootings that left four dead and two people wounded, authorities said.
Dorner, 33, died Feb. 12 in a fire that consumed a Big Bear cabin after authorities fired tear gas into the structure where he was barricaded in a bid to end an hours-long gun battle. The standoff began after Dorner stole the car of a Big Bear couple and then engaged in separate shootouts with Fish and Wildlife wardens and San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies — one of whom was fatally wounded.
The inferno culminated a nine-day manhunt that began after Dorner killed an Irvine couple, including the daughter of a former LAPD captain who had defended him at a disciplinary hearing that ultimately led to his dismissal from the force in 2009.
Law enforcement sources familiar with the case also said in the weeks before the Irvine slayings, Dorner visited the homes of several LAPD officials but did not elaborate on the nature of the surveillance or whether there was any face-to-fact contact with the ex-LAPD officer.
“We believe, based on our investigation, that Dorner did a lot of homework,” Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference at LAPD headquarters Monday. “That homework no doubt included physical surveillance.”
LAPD Capt. Phil Tingirides, who appeared with Beck on Monday along with his wife, LAPD Sgt. Emada Tingirides, said he had never seen Dorner at his home but described the tense days during the manhunt when his family was under 24-hour guard, getting intermittent sleep and trying to calm their children.