Bear Mountain ski resort is being shut down due to police activity in the area connected to the hunt for murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, a park official told KCAL9.
The search apparently turned to the area when a burning truck roughly matching the description of one used by Dorner was reported there.
All schools and facilities in the Bear Valley Unified School District have been placed on lockdown. Assistant Superintendent Walter Con said in an online message that district officials do not believe there is any
immediate danger, but the lockdown is being done as a precaution.
A law enforcement dragnet stretched across Southern California Thursday as authorities hunted the fired Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected in the revenge slayings of and a Riverside police officer Thursday morning.
Earlier, a wallet containing a badge and Dorner's identification was found near Lindbergh Field in San Diego. The wallet was found along Harbor Drive by a passerby and turned over to police around 2:20 a.m., according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.
It was not immediately clear what agency the badge represented or
whether it was legitimate, but the identification was clearly for double
homicide suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, he said.
San Diego police Detective Gary Hassen confirmed a military facility
somewhere along North Harbor Drive had been placed on lockdown.
Dorner, of La Palma, on Monday posted an online "manifesto"—posted by the Venice 311 website—in which he blamed Randy Quan, a retired LAPD officer who became a lawyer, for his firing in 2009, said Irvine Police Department Chief David Maggard. Quan is the father of Monica Quan, an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton and the fiancee of Keith Lawrence, who, in an unlikely twist, had spent time working as police officer with the Oxnard Police Department between 2010 and 2011.
Directly addressing Quan and specific other law enforcement personnel, Dorner threatened their family members.
"Look your wives/husbands and surviving children directly in the face and tell them the truth as to why your children are dead," he wrote in his manifesto.
According to an October 2011 Second District California Court of Appeals document, Dorner's employment with the LAPD was terminated for making false statements. Dorner filed a petition in Superior Court, seeking to have the board's decision overturned, but a judge denied it. Dorner then went on to file an appeal, which he also lost, the document shows.
Dorner, who was also in the military, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy Friday, two days before the double homicide, a Navy spokesman said Thursday.
In the so-called manifesto Dorner wrote that he didn't mind dying, because he died on Jan. 2, 2009, the day he was fired from the LAPD. Claiming the department cost him his law and Naval careers as well as his relationships with family members and friends, Dorner wrote he had exahsted all available means at obtaining his name back, a theme repeated in the manifesto.
"I have attempted all legal court efforts within appeals at the Superior Courts and California Appellate courts," he wrote. "This is my last resort. The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now lead to deadly consequences."