Reward of $1 million offered for help in capturing fugitive LA cop-killer
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Sunday a $1 million reward for anyone who can help find fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, who killed three people in revenge for his dismissal from service in 2009.
Villaraigosa told reporters at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters that the city will not tolerate Dorner’s “reign of terror,” referring to the fugitive’s killing rampage and reported plan to kill more police officers and their families.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said the huge reward hopes to prevent Dorner, a former Navy officer, from committing another murder.
The ongoing manhunt for Dorner, 33, started last week after he shot dead a couple in Irvine and a Riverside police officer. The latest search is being conducted in the Big Bear Lake resort area in San Bernardino after Dorner’s burning pickup truck was found on a mountain road there Thursday.
LAPD officer and ex-Kuwait war veteran Michael Crain, 34, was shot dead when Dorner ambushed him and his partner at a Riverside intersection Thursday.
Dorner also shot dead Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, in a parking lot in Irvine last Sunday. Quan was the daughter of a now-retired LAPD police officer who acted as Dorner’s attorney in a disciplinary hearing that led to his termination.
Beck, who describes Dorner’s crimes and plot as domestic terrorism, warned the fugitive he could be shot on sight if he does not surrender. On Saturday, Beck reopened the 2009 dismissal case of Dorner to verify his complaint that racism and corruption at LAPD led to his firing for allegedly submitting a false complaint against another cop.