Mountain hunt for ex-LAPD cop enters 4th day (+video)

By Tami Abdollah

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Feb. 10 2013 10:41 a.m. MST

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter becomes airborne to resume the search for fugitive Christopher Dorner Saturday Feb. 9, 2013 near Big Bear, Calif. The aerial search was suspended Friday due to heavy snowfall. More than 100 law enforcement officers, some in armored personnel carriers, hunted Saturday for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage this week to get back at those he blamed for ending his police career.

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — SWAT teams with air support and bloodhounds fanned out again Sunday in snow-covered mountains, searching for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings.

Authorities planned a 1 p.m. news conference in downtown Los Angeles to announce a reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, who has vowed revenge against several former LAPD colleagues whom he blames for ending his career.

On Saturday Chief Charlie Beck said officials would re-examine the allegations by Dorner, 33, that his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues. While he promised to hear out Dorner if he surrenders, Beck stressed that he was ordering a review of his 2007 case because he takes the allegation of racism in his department seriously.

"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," the chief said in a statement.

Authorities suspect Dorner in a series of attacks in Southern California over the past week that left three people dead. Authorities say he has vowed revenge against several former LAPD colleagues whom he blames for ending his career. The killings and threats that Dorner allegedly made in an online rant have led police to provide protection to 50 families, Beck said.

A captain who was named a target in the manifesto posted on Facebook told the Orange County Register he has not stepped outside his house since he learned of the threat.

"From what I've seen of (Dorner's) actions, he feels he can make allegations for injustice and justify killing people and that's not reasonable," said Capt. Phil Tingirides, who chaired a board that stripped Dorner of his badge. "The end never justifies the means."

On Saturday, the scaled-back search party took advantage of a break from stormy weather to look for Dorner in the San Bernardino mountains, about 80 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, where his burned-out pickup truck was discovered Thursday. Officers went door-to-door to some 600 cabins in the ski resort area.

A law enforcement officer told The Associated Press authorities found weapons in the truck. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing.

Investigators have been examining the truck to determine if it broke down or was set ablaze as a diversion. Police say the truck had a broken axle. Investigators are trying to determine whether it was already broken when they found it, or whether it was damaged when it was towed away.

Also, newly released surveillance video showed Dorner tossing several items into a Dumpster behind an auto parts store in National City on Monday. The store's manager told FOX5 in San Diego that an employee found a magazine full of bullets, a military belt and a military helmet. Majid Yahyai said he and the employee took the items across the street to a police station.

On Friday night, authorities served a search warrant and collected evidence from a Buena Park storage unit as part of their investigation. Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the evidence or say who had rented the unit.

Earlier Friday, another warrant was served at a La Palma house belonging to Dorner's mother. Officers collected 10 bags of evidence, including five electronic items.

In his online manifesto, Dorner vowed to use "every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance and survival training I've been given" to bring "warfare" to the LAPD and its families.

Dorner served in the Navy, earning a rifle marksman ribbon and a pistol expert medal. He was assigned to a naval undersea warfare unit and various aviation training units, according to military records. He took leave from the LAPD for a six-month deployment to Bahrain in 2006 and 2007.

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