Detailed time-line, background & updates about Christopher Dorner [Updated Monday 23:05]
Suspect: Christopher Dorner - Former LAPD officer and Naval lieutenant. Trained sniper, proficient in numerous tactics, firearms and police procedures. He has "declared war" on the LAPD and is a fugitive from justice as of 11:30PM this evening. Anonymous 24/7 Tip Line: 877-LAPD-247 or 1-800-222-TIPS
Sunday Feb. 3rd: Suspect wanted in connection with murder of two people in Irvine, CA. Woman was daughter of retired police Captain who reportedly represented the suspect in his termination hearing from the LAPD. The other victim was her fiance. Suspect was employed from 2005 to 2008 with the LAPD and was fired in early 2009 for "allegedly lying about actions of a fellow officer" he reported for excessive force.
Last few days: Suspect posted his 11,000 word manifesto [another version, some are edited] to Facebook. Suspect's "target" list seems to be centered around 12 [now 11] people though ~40 names were mentioned. Please respect these people and their names and don't post information if you find the uncensored version.
Tue/Wed: Spotted near San Diego at the Loma Lake base which was locked down and reopened. It has been confirmed he stayed at a hotel near the base on Tuesday, checking out Wednesday. Source - KCAL9 News
Wed. (10:00 PM): Suspect allegedly tied up an 81-year old man and attempted to steal his boat but was unable to operate it. Suspect's wallet and a detective badge were found nearby. State-wide alert goes out via California Highway Patrol. Source - ABC7 News
Thu. (~1:25 AM): Corona, CA - Citizen notified police that were protecting one of the suspect's targets of a truck that fit description. Upon following it, one officer was injured when the suspect fired at them grazing his forehead. They were not able to give chase. Source - KCAL9 News
Thu. (~1:45 AM): Riverside, CA - Just minutes later about 5 miles away, two officers sitting at a red light had the suspect walk up and open fire. One officer (trainer) is killed, the other (trainee) is injured but expected to recover. Source. - CBS.
Thu. (5:15AM): Torrance, CA - A patrol unit assigned to protect a different target misidentified the blue truck with the two women delivering newspapers. Reportedly the headlights were off and officers opened fire in rapid bursts, a brief pause and then more bursts (according to witnesses). No details known if they identified themselves first. Both women were hit, one twice in the back and one in the arm. Both are expected to recover. Source. - LA Times.
Thu. (5:20 AM): A few blocks from the first mistaken-identity shooting, police were responding to the shots fired call and came across another similar truck to the suspect's. There was a collision to the rear of the vehicle and police fired three shots (at least) into the windshield. The driver was luckily uninjured and not involved. Source. Source - LA Times
Thu. (1:41 PM): Big Bear, CA - A burned-out truck matching the description of a getaway vehicle owned by triple-murder suspect was found in the San Bernardino mountains. [edit: CONFIRMED to be his truck]. Source - KCAL9 News
Thu. (~4:00 PM): Large tactical operation going on in the San Bernardino Mountains north of LA (Big Bear) involving SWAT and other agencies as they scan the area. Agencies have now demanded air news teams not show the search locations, which two local news organizations called an "unusual request", despite the logic behind it. Source - KCAL9 News
Thu. 5:15PM: Suspect mailed a package to CNN's Anderson Cooper who confirmed via Twitter. The package contained a note, DVD and a coin that had been shot through with bullet holes in it. Source - LA Times.
Thu. 5:35 PM: Tracks found leading away from the burned out vehicle in Big Bear but no suspect has been found. Tracking dogs, air resources (with FLIR night vision) and ~125 Law Enforcement officers are in the area doing door to door searches. Source - press conference.
Thu. 5:40 PM: Suspect called himself a "top shot" Sharpshooter. The Navy has three levels of proficiency [edit: above the base qualification that is]. These are Marksman -> Sharpshooter -> Expert as the top level. Reportedly he's listed as a Marksman with rifles (lowest level) but he's listed as an Expert (highest level) with a 9mm pistol. Source - CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Thu. 5:55 PM: Suspect's recent history - Appeal to get his job back was denied in 2011, upholding original decision back in 2008 to fire him. In 2007, he had reported a fellow officer for excessive force on Mr. Christopher Gettler. In his statement, he said that "she stood up and kicked Gettler twice in the left clavicle. And then...kicked him on the left cheek, causing him to start bleeding". It was later reported Mr. Gettler was schizophrenic and that Dorner filed the complaint about his fellow officer two weeks later. His allegation was denied by the female officer, the claim was classified as "Unfounded", he was charged with "making false statements" and officially fired in early 2009. In December 2012, he defaulted on his home in Las Vegas and just days ago his Naval Reserve career was terminated [edit: honorable dischage]. Source - ABC7 News.
Thu. 6:00 PM: Suspect's home near Las Vegas is surrounded but empty. The search area is covering all of California and parts of Nevada at this point. Other areas heavily involved in California are Corona, Riverside, Irvine and Big Bear Lake. Big Bear ski resort and schools around the various incidents have been closed. Source - ABC7 Los Angeles.
Thu. 7:05 PM: West coast is in prime-time TV so not much news/info on the air, just non-sourced info from the scanners. News back on in a few hours, will update if new info.
Thu. 8:20 PM: FBI is finishing up at his Las Vegas home, FAA completely restricting airspace above search and the coin mailed to CNN's Anderson Cooper was a "Challenge Coin" given to him by his former boss LAPD Police Chief William Bratton.
Thu. 9:05 PM: Written on duct tape that the coin was wrapped in is "Thanks but no thanks Will Bratton" as well as "1 M.O.A." [edit: per user /u/November_Bravo "1 Minute of Angle, in shooting terms this means being accurate enough to shoot a ~1" group at 100 yards"]. The video is apparently of Mr. Getter's interview after the event. He is the schizophrenic man Dorner claimed was a victim of excessive force. Getter's testimony supposedly confirms Dorner's complaint to his superiors but nothing has been shown to the public to confirm this. Source - LA Times.
Thu. 9:15 PM: Press conference - ~400 homes expected to be checked this evening. No sightings or signs of him outside of the last tracks in Big bear in the snow/mud. No new tracks of a second vehicle near the original burned out vehicle. Schools and ski resort are opening back up, implying the area around Big Bear is relatively clear but search is ongoing in poor weather conditions. Aerial support is still flying, two SB County helicopters and one LA County chopper all of which with F.L.I.R. infrared/night vision technology. Source - KCAL9 News
Thu. 9:40 PM: KCAL9 reporting multiple news sources received letters/DVDs from the suspect. Only Anderson Cooper got the coin, reportedly. Also reports that some of Dorner's equipment, including police related items were found in a trash bin as early as Monday in San Diego. Source - KCAL9 News
Thu. 10:10 PM: Alleged excessive force victim Gettler's family interviewed, confirms suspect Dorner was standing up for their son (their words) but then pleaded with Dorner to turn himself in and stop hurting people. Also, the boat he tried to steal was unable to launch because a rope got caught in the propeller. The owner said the suspect mentioned "heading to Mexico". Source - KTTV Fox 11.
Thu. 10:30 PM: Online court documents reportedly show that the LAPD questioned Dorner's excessive force claims because of the timing of reporting it to his supervisor. Apparently he received an unsatisfactory performance review just before that, saying he'd have to "improve in order to move up in the department". Dorner had then filed a wrongful termination suit against the LAPD. Source - KTLA 5 News.
Thu. 11:05 PM: Dorner was honorably discharged from the reserves last Friday. Suspect was reportedly married for ~30 days back in 2007. LAPD has doubled up all patrols, no solo officers. Motorcycle cops have been put into cruisers for their protection. Various units at key strategic targets and the entire state is reportedly on tactical alert. Source - KNBC 4 News.
Overnight: Various hoaxes, false reports, etc. Car in San Diego and sighting in white Lexus appear to be bogus. Protection has been stepped up at most police stations and many federal buildings. A vehicle matching with Dorner's plates was found in San Diego but proved to be the vehicle he swapped license plates with before burning the truck later. Source - CBS.
Friday 9:00 AM: Weather hampering search efforts, Bear Valley schools did end up staying closed (despite earlier reports), ski resort is open. Press conference expected around 9:15AM.
Fri. 9:15 AM: Press conference in Big Bear - Houses in the area have been checked, they will continue searching the area "until he is found or proven to have left the mountain". LAPD, however, has called off their tactical alert despite increased patrols. Helicopters are grounded because of the heavy snow. Search is ground only, SWAT in SnowCats, APCs with chains on them, etc. Efforts have zeroed in on a wooded area about a mile away from Bear mountain. Original snow tracks from the burned out vehicle were followed as far as possible until they hit frozen ground and lost them. Source - SB County Sheriff John McMahon.
Fri. 9:25 AM: LAPD has changed from emergency calls only to normal service now that more re-enforcements have been called up (overtime, longer hours). Source - KTLA 5 News
Fri. 10:50 AM: L.A (Twin Towers) County Jail and street shut down after 'sighting.' [12:05 - false sighting, lockdown lifted - credit: /u/earlierson].Source - LA Times (credit: /u/popsquat and /u/aohus)
Fri. 11:00 AM: LAPD back on citywide tactical alert. Source - CBS/KCAL.
Fri. 12:15 PM: Press conference It was reported that according to LAPD, the suspects ex-wife works at the jail [edit: sergeant with sheriffs dept.] that was locked down earlier. Sheriff McMahon stated "There is a reasonable belief he has left the area." However, they will keep searching the area for clues. Source - KNX 1070 Radio.
Fri. 1:15 PM: Search underway at home of suspect's mother. Source - CBS.
Fri. 4:15 PM: Mother of the suspect owns property in the San Bernardino Mountains according to the local Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. Source - OC Weekly
Fri. 6:30 PM: Footage of suspect's firearms training video released. Source - CNN.
Fri. 7:00 PM: Search called off for the night because of extreme weather conditions. Police will remain in the area. Source - FOX 11 News
Fri. 7:20 PM: Truck that was dumped broke an axle on and was incapacitated, indicating he did not necessarily choose that as the dump site. According to latest reports, no weapons were found in it (ammo only). It's also been noted that his family used to own property up in those mountains. Source - John Miller interview on Anderson Cooper 360.
Fri. 7:45 PM: Several grocery bags of evidence were removed from the home of the suspect's mother. Neighbor claims suspect was “friendly” when she spoke to him last week as he was moving camouflage bags to his truck. Source - CBS
Fri. 10:05 PM: The man questioning Mr. Gettler on the video is reportedly Randy Quan, father of the woman who was killed on Sunday. He is also mentioned throughout the suspect's statements. Source - MyFoxLA 11 (credit: /u/ImprobableCause)
|1||Sat. Feb. 9, 15:45 PST||Timeline Part II continues here|
|2||Sat. Feb. 9, 17:00 PST||Evidence is collected from a storage unit by police
|3||Sat. Feb. 9, 17:10 PST||Fake calls to the police reported as people pose as Dorner
|4||Sat. Feb. 9, 22:40 PST||LAPD
reopens the case around Dorner's termination to "ensure that the public
knows that the Los Angeles Police Department is fair and transparent."
|5||Sun. Feb. 10, 7:11 PST||A man claiming to be Christopher Dorner, the former
LAPD police officer who is the subject of a massive manhunt in
California after allegedly killing Monica Quan and two others, called
Randall Quan, Monica's father, and told him that he "should have done a
better job of protecting his daughter," according to court documents
cited by ABC. Source
|6||Sun. Feb 10, 08:52 PST||Police will be offering reward for info leading to Dorner's capture. Source
|7||Sun. Feb 10, 10:54 PST||Dorner Manhunt Scares Skiers away from Big Bear Resorts - Source
|8||Sun. Feb 10, 10:56 PST||Updated info regarding Part III, Item 6, saying call was traced to Vancouver, Washington Source & local radio station KFI AM640|
|9||Sun. Feb 10, 11:03 PST||JUST IN: Police evacuated an apartment in San
Bernardino after a false report that #Dorner was seen there, according
to Lt. Madden. Source Twitter of Keley Duckett, a Business and News reporter for the Long Beach Press Telegram
|10||Sun. Feb 10, 11:06 PST||The Bear Mtn command post is being dismantled. Sheriff's officials will be out of this area by 11 am. Source Twitter of crime and safety reporter for San Bernardino County|
|12||Sun Feb 10, 23:11 PST||Anonymous Claims to have taken down LAPD website (almost don't think this belongs in the timeline, but for posterity sake) Source
|13||Mon Feb 11, 10:50 PST||Dorner called "a colleague" late Saturday afternoon.
Detective suggests Dorner "[has] been buying pre-paid disposable cell
phones. He'll use them once, turn them off and discard them and
virtually at that stage there's no way to track his location.” Source
|14||Mon Feb 11, 10:50 PST||LAPD lifts tactical alert. Source|
|15||Mon Feb 11, 13:45 PST||Dorner officially charged with "murdering a Riverside
police officer and special circumstances that could bring the death
|2||Mon. Feb. 11, 19:20 PST||Dorner "could have fled to Mexico, according to documents filed in federal court."Source 1 Source 2|
|3||Mon. Feb. 11, 19:40 PST||Police searched a hotel in Tijuana for Dorner, finding nothing. Source|
|4||Mon. Feb 11, 20:53 PST||LAPD "Crippled" by Dorner Search, Limited in Response to Other Crimes Source|
|5||Mon. Feb 11, 23:05 PST||LAPD using FBI and outside consultants to figure out how Dorner may be thinking as they appear to be confused by his actions. Over 800 tips called in about Dorner. LAPD escorting threatened officer and family on outings.Source|
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