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Ex-LAPD cop suspected in SoCal murder spree

Dorner Manhunt

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, right, talks to reporters about Christopher Jordan Dorner, pictured at left, a former LAPD officer who is suspected of going on a shooting rampage, killing three people, including one police officer. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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The women injured when Los Angeles police opened fire on them during the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner have reached a $4.2-million settlement with the city, sources told The Times.

Dorner Manhunt ShootingLos Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich announced a settlement had been reached Tuesday afternoon.

Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were delivering newspapers in Torrance on Feb. 7 when LAPD officers shot  repeatedly at their blue Toyota Tacoma. Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza was injured by broken glass, an attorney for the women said.

The officers were protecting the home of a high-ranking LAPD official named in a threatening manifesto authorities said was written by Dorner, and they believed that the official could have been a potential target. Dorner at the time had already killed the daughter of an LAPD captain, her fiance — a USC police officer — and a Riverside police officer, officials said.

Dorner was believed to be driving a gray Nissan Titan, and there was an alert preceding the shooting that said a truck matching Dorner’s was in the area.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called the shooting “a tragic misinterpretation” by officers working under “incredible tension” hours after Dorner allegedly shot police officers. Beck promised to provide a truck from a donor regardless of potential litigation by the women.

Last month, the women received a $40,000 check from the city to cover the loss of the truck.

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Suspected killer Christopher Dorner spent his final hours barricaded inside a mountain cabin splattered with blood, presumably his own, and no chance for escape before a single gunshot echoed from inside the vacation home near Big Bear.

The blood-splattered walls inside the cabin were revealed during the Feb. 12 standoff when a robotic police tractor started tearing down the cabin walls to give officers a clean view inside, and were seen more than a half-hour before the cabin caught fire after police fired seven “pyrotechnic” tear gas canisters into the cabin.

Those were among the many details revealed in police dispatch logs released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Friday that gave a minute-by-minute account of the chase down mountain roads and the deadly shootout that left one sheriff’s detective dead and a deputy seriously wounded.

Dorner, a fired L.A. police officer suspected of killing four people and wounding three others, died during the standoff from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, according to coroner’s officials.

The  written text of dispatch logs, which had names and other identifying information redacted, started at 12:23 p.m. on that Tuesday afternoon with the cellphone call to police from Karen Reynolds. Reynolds, who owns vacation condominiums near the Bear Mountain ski resort, reported “they were tied up by Chris Dorner” and that the suspect left in their purple Nissan Rouge 15 to 30 minutes before.

Just over an hour later, after Dorner exchanged gunfire with state Fish and Game officers as he headed down the mountain, police at 1:28 p.m. called in a report of inbound automatic gunfire from a cabin near Angelus Oaks.

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LOS ANGELES — The Big Bear couple tied up and held captive by ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner are staking their claim to the $1.2-million reward offered for his capture.

n letters sent to the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, an attorney for Karen and Jim Reynolds says the couple’s phone call to police after Dorner fled in their car was the “only information provided to law enforcement” that led to the end of the manhunt.

Dorner was tracked to Big Bear, where he holed up in the Reynolds’ home. He tied them up and stole their car. He crashed it and carjacked another man, Rick Heltebrake, and was eventually chased by authorities to a cabin, where he shot himself as sheriff’s deputies closed in and the cabin burned to the ground.

Dorner was wanted for killing an Irvine couple and two law enforcement officers and wounding others in a nine-day rampage across five Southern California counties, for the sake of revenge. Dorner said in a manifesto police believe he posted online that he wanted to clear his name and hunt down those responsible for his firing from the LAPD.

Heltebrake also has filed a claim for the reward. The Reynolds claim in their document that Heltebrake has no right to the reward and that it should be theirs alone.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck so far hasn’t come through on a promise to provide a new truck for two women injured by officers in pursuit of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, an attorney for the women said Monday.

Beck last month pledged to provide the truck to Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, who were delivering newspapers in Torrance when LAPD officers riddled their blue Toyota Tacoma with bullets. Dorner was believed to be driving a gray Nissan Titan.

Dorner Case truckHernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza sustained injuries from broken glass.

Beck called the truck shooting “a tragic misinterpretation” by officers working under “incredible tension” hours after Dorner allegedly shot police officers. He promised to provide a truck from a donor regardless of potential litigation by the women.

But Glen Jonas, an attorney for the woman, said the women are still without a truck.

“After they shot my clients … this broken promise of a truck donation and the nonsense that followed is a slap in the face,” Jonas said.

Jonas said the women were first offered a used truck, then a non-four-wheel drive Ford to replace their Toyota four-wheel drive vehicle. The women also had to agree not to sell it for a year. His clients agreed to that truck, he said.

But then the dealership and LAPD officials said the truck would be considered a prize for tax purposes, Jonas said.

“Essentially, they’d have to pay taxes like they won it on a game show,” Jonas said.

Jonas said what makes the situation all the more difficult is that the women haven’t been able to work since being injured during the shooting. He said they received no warning before the officers opened fire and that it is incredible they survived.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the department, working with a car dealership, was able to secure a new truck for the women and even covered the taxes and fees associated with the vehicle.

However, he said, the dealership has advised those involved that the vehicle must be legally declared for tax purposes. “We are trying to work it out,” Smith said.

Hernandez has been released from the hospital and is recuperating at home. Smith and Beck met separately with the two women shortly after the shooting.

The seven officers involved in the matter are assigned to desk duty pending a resolution of an internal probe into the shooting that also left holes in several homes in the Torrance cul-de-sac.

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Authorities said the cost of hunting fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner will top $550,000.

LOS ANGELES – It was nearing midnight when Terie Evans called police in Irvine with a hunch: An ex-Los Angeles police officer named Christopher Dorner might have killed a young Irvine woman and her fiance a few days earlier.

Dorner Manhunt

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, right, talks to reporters about Christopher Jordan Dorner, pictured at left, a former LAPD officer who is suspected of going on a shooting rampage, killing three people, including one police officer. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Evans, an LAPD sergeant who had trained Dorner, conceded that her theory was a long shot. But Dorner’s name had suddenly surfaced the day before in a strange phone call. And she knew he had a connection to the woman who had been killed. It seemed too much to dismiss as a coincidence.

It wouldn’t take long for Irvine detectives to realize just how valuable Evans’ tip was.

Before dawn they were looking into Dorner. An investigator uncovered a rambling manifesto Dorner allegedly posted online, in which he expressed fury over his firing years earlier and laid out his plan to exact revenge by killing officers he blamed for his downfall and their family members.

The discovery sent Evans and about 50 other LAPD officers and their families either into hiding or under the protection of heavily armed guards as a massive manhunt for Dorner unfolded across Southern California.

For the eight days that Dorner eluded capture, Evans remained silent and laid low, while Irvine and Los Angeles police officials kept secret her role in identifying the suspect. Evans had been Dorner’s training officer and was at the center of the incident that led to his dismissal from the force. Authorities worried it might enrage Dorner further if he knew she had once again played a lead role in determining his fate.

On Thursday, Evans spoke to The Times about what happened, and police confirmed her account. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he believes Evans’ actions saved lives, helping detectives identify Dorner before he carried out more surprise attacks.

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The LAPD would like to give the Dorner tipster reward money in the Dorner case, but it may take a long time to figure it out.

The LAPD officers who were mentioned in Christopher Dorner’s manifesto spoke out Tuesday.

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.

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