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Christopher Jordan Dorner: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

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Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, is the disgruntled former LAPD cop who’s on an apparent mission to avenge his dismissal through targeted killings and random bloodshed.

Already accused of murdering a basketball coach and her fiance on Sunday — because she was the daughter of one of his enemies — he is additionally accused of shooting three cops, killing one, in the midst of a massive manhunt.

Dorner — a Navy-trained shooter who won awards for marksmanship — is on the loose and has “multiple weapons at his disposal, including assault rifles,” according to police.

He’s described as African-American, 6 feet tall, 270 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Here’s what you should know about Dorner and this wild, ongoing situation.


1. He Was Kicked Off the Force for a “False Accusation”
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In August 2007 Dorner accused a field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans, of kicking a schizophrenic, demented suspect named Christopher Gettler. The LAPD Board of Rights ruled in 2008 that Dorner lied — and he was fired for making a false statement. Dorner considers himself a whistleblower who was wronged by the system.

Read testimony from his appeal case here or here:



Dorner was represented in the case by attorney Randy Quan, a former LAPD captain and father of the coach allegedly slain by Dorner (see Fact 3).

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2. He Wrote a Manifesto


Dorner is allegedly bloodthirsty for revenge, scorned over his dismissal from the department. He composed a public manifesto, reportedly posted on his Facebook page, threatening those he blames for destroying his career. He posted it on Monday, implicating himself in Sunday’s double murder (see Fact 3). The manifesto names Quan and threatens his family:


I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours. Quan … and BOR members Look your wives/husbands and surviving children directly in the face and tell them the truth as to why your children are dead.


Police mobilized 40 details to protect those targeted in the manifesto.



Dorner even outlines his military advantage in the bloodbath to come:

You better have all your officers radio/phone muster (code 1) on or off duty every hour, on the hour. Do not attempt to shadow or conduct any type of ISR on me. I have the inventory listing of all UC vehicles at Piper Tech and the home addresses of any INT analyst at JRIC and detachment locations. My POA is always POI and always true. This will be a war of attrition and a Pyrrhic and Camdean Victory for myself. You may have the resources and manpower but you are reactive and predictable in your op plans and TTP’s. I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving. Do not waste your time with briefs and tabletops.


Above, read the full manifesto, a bizarre rant that ranges from threats against his enemies and specifics of corruption in the department to political predictions, movie reviews and football tips. The LAPD has refused to address the allegations it makes.


3. He Allegedly Killed a Coach & Her Fiance — to Spite Her Dad
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On Sunday, Dorner allegedly murdered Monica Quan, assistant basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, as they sat in a car in an Irvine, California, parking lot. The slain coach is the daughter of one of Dorner’s enemies, Randy Quan, a former police captain and attorney who represented Dorner when he was dismissed from the LAPD. Dorner’s manifesto mentions Quan.


4. He Allegedly Shot Three Cops, Killing One
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Police at the scene of the shooting in Corona (Via CBS8).


In the wake of Quan’s slaying, Dorner has — so far — allegedly perpetrated two separate shooting assaults on police officers. The first incident took place early in the city of Corona — where two LAPD officers were on security detail protecting one of Dorner’s targets. One officer was grazed in the head, barely dodging death. The other incident was more random: Two officers were on routine patrol in the neighboring city of Riverside when they were ambushed in their patrol car at a stoplight. One died this morning while the other required surgery. They had no connection to the manhunt.


5. There’s a Massive Manhunt Under Way
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Hundreds of law enforcement officers are mobilized in the manhunt for Dorner. The LAPD is on “citywide tactical alert.” California Highway Patrol issued a “blue alert” for nine Southern California counties.


6. His Nissan Pickup Has Been Found Burned Out in Big Bear
Christopher Jordan Dorner manhunt, Big Bear Lake, Nissan Titan Truck, burned out

Dorner was said to be driving a 2005 charcoal gray Nissan Titan pickup, and cops believed he changed the license plate number from 7X03191 to 8D83987. The truck was described as having black rims and a Department of Defense sticker.

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A graphic representation of the license plate suspected to be on the vehicle driven by Dorner (Via ABC10).

But early Thursday afternoon, NBC7 reported that a truck matching the description was found burned out at Big Bear in Southern California as the manhunt shifted to the area around Big Bear. Local cops confirmed it was Dorner’s truck.


7. Cops Accidentally Shot Two Newspaper Delivery Women in the Hunt for Dorner
According to the L.A. Times, cops hunting for Dorner mistakenly targeted two separate vehicles that matched the description of Dorner’s truck. At 5:20 a.m. local time on Thursday, L.A. cops in the town of Torrance shot two people, who proved to be unrelated to the case. They were taken to a hospital. L.A. Weekly reports that they were two women delivering newspapers. In a separate incident, this one involving Torrance police at 5:45 a.m., shot(s) were fired and no one was injured.


8. Cops Cornered an Innocent Man in a “Standoff” at a San Diego Motel
The man mistaken for Dorner. Via @laurensteussy.

The man mistaken for Dorner. Via @laurensteussy.


NBC4 reported that San Diego Police acted upon a “solid lead” that Christopher Dorner Jordan was held up in a motel in Point Loma, about six miles south of downtown San Diego, and ended up cornering an innocent man.


9. Dorner Tried to Hijack a Boat at Gunpoint & Escape to Mexico
Police believe Dorner visited a yacht club in Point Loma, near San Diego, on Wednesday night and tried to steal a boat at gunpoint — to escape to Mexico. This was after he allegedly killed the couple but before he allegedly shot any cops. According to ABC:

He aborted the attempted theft when the boat’s propeller became entangled in a rope … “He pointed a handgun at the victim [at the yacht club] and demanded the boat,” Lt. David Rohowits of the San Diego Police Department said.

According to OC Weekly:

An 81-year-old in the San Diego area says an armed, heavy-set black man tried to steal his boat and tie him up. … The stranger fled with the elderly man’s cell phone and some supplies on the boat.

Cops say they found a wallet with Dorner’s ID and an LAPD detective’s badge inside the boat. It’s not clear how he had a badge.


10. He Has Military Training & Weaponry
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Dorner is a former U.S. Navy Reserve lieutenant. BelmontShore-Naples Patch reports Dorner graduated from the police academy in February 2006, but left for a 13-month military deployment in November of that year. According to WPTV, he worked mainly with river warfare units. According to his manifesto, he is packing a weapon capable of killing a target at distances up to a mile.

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