A Riverside police officer was shot to death today and another was wounded in an ambush that police believe was committed by
Christopher Jordan Dorner, the fired Los Angeles Police Department officer wanted for the revenge slayings of Keith Lawrence and his fiancee, authorities said.
The gunman, who fled after shooting, ambushed the two Riverside officers while they were stopped at a red light, said Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint, adding that the two were on "routine patrol'' and were not searching for Dorner at the time. The shooting occurred near Magnolia and Arlington avenues around 1:20 a.m.
The wounded Riverside officer was undergoing surgery Thursday morning, Toussaint said.
Dorner is black, 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds. He has been driving a gray 2005 Nissan Titan pickup, California license plate 7X03191, Maggard said. At a briefing this morning, police said Dorner apparently switched license plates, possibly to a plate with the following number: 8D83987.
Anyone encountering Dorner should consider him "armed and extremely dangerous'' and should not approach or try contacting him but instead call 911 immediately, police said. A tip line has been established, (949) 724-7192.
People can also call Riverside police at (951) 787-7911.
Arlington and Magnolia are closed until further notice for the investigation.
Before the Riverside shooting, a shootout in Corona was also originally believed to have involved Dorner; however, authorities have determined this was not the case.
Los Angeles and Torrance police were involved in two shootings in Torrance today when officers came across vehicles similar to the one sought by authorities in the hunt for a former LAPD officer suspected of
killing three people.
"Tragically, we believe this was a case of mistaken identity by the
officers,'' LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.
In the LAPD board-of-rights hearing that resulted in his termination,
Dorner was represented by then-LAPD Capt. Randy Quan, the father of Monica Quan, who was slain with Keith Lawrence, a former basketball star from Moorpark, Sunday, Irvine Police Department Chief David Maggard said Wednesday night.
Dorner, 33, posted a multi-page manifesto online Monday, saying he
didn't mind dying because he already died when he was fired from the LAPD, Maggard said. He wrote that it had been his life's ambition to be an LAPD officer since he served in the Explorer program, and he blamed Quan for his firing.
"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own ... (so) I am
terminating yours,'' Dorner wrote to Randy Quan.