WANTED: Christopher Dorner is on the run after suspected of three murders
AMERICAN POLICE hunting for former Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer Christopher Dorner, wanted on three counts of murder, have issued a $1m (£630,000) reward for the fugitive.
Dorner, 33, has managed to evade law enforcement for the last week after he was suspected of carrying out shootings that led to the three deaths, including a policeman, and injuring at least three others in southern California.
The ex-LAPD man was fired from the force in 2008, and in an online manifesto he vowed to seek retribution on those he holds responsible for his dismissal.
When announcing the sum of reward money at a news conference on Sunday (February 10), Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said: “We will not tolerate anyone undermining the security, the tranquillity of our neighbourhoods.
“We will not tolerate this reign of terror that has robbed us of the peace of mind that residents of southern California deserve,” he added.
County police discovered the 33-year-old’s burnt-out truck in a ski resort 80 miles (130 km) east of Los Angeles, and are now searching the area around Big Bear Lake.
Apart from the death of an active policeman, who was ambushed and fatally shot while in his service vehicle last Thursday (February 7), Dorner is also suspected of murdering Monica Quan, 28, and her fiancé Keith Lawrence, 27, on February 3. Quan was the daughter of a retired LAPD captain, who represented him in a disciplinary hearing.
HUNTED: Law enforcement officers search the premises of Dorner's home in Big Bear Lake
Due to the nature of Dorner’s online threats, police are currently protecting 50 families – many of which belong to ex-colleagues of the fugitive.
Dorner alluded to acts of racism ruining his LAPD career in his online manifesto.
The suspect on the run, a former US Navy reservist, was sacked from his LAPD job for making false statements. Court papers say he was fired after made a complaint against his field training officer, alleging that during an arrest she had kicked a suspect who was schizophrenic with acute dementia.
Over the weekend, LAPD chief Charlie Beck said his force would re-examine the circumstances in how Dorner lost his position. Beck said re-opening the case into his dismissal was not in response to any of Dorner's demands.
In a statement Beck said: "I do this not to appease a murderer.
"I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do."