US hunt intensifies for fugitive ex-cop
Christopher Dorner (33), is accused of targeting law enforcement officers and their families in three killings committed in retaliation for his 2008 firing from the Los Angeles Police Department. Photograph: Reuters
Detectives were pursuing some 700 clues in their manhunt for an ex-cop suspected of a revenge-driven series of killings, Los Angeles police have said, a day after a $1 million (€740,000) reward was posted for information leading to the fugitive's capture.
Christopher Dorner (33), is accused of targeting law enforcement officers and their families in three killings committed in retaliation for his 2008 firing from the Los Angeles Police Department.
His last confirmed encounter with authorities came early last Thursday, when he is accused of having ambushed two policemen at a red light in Riverside, 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles. One of the officers was killed, the other wounded.
That confrontation came shortly after Dorner, a former Navy officer, is suspected of having exchanged gunfire with police in nearby Corona, wounding one officer there.
Riverside County prosecutors yesterday formally charged Dorner with one count of first-degree murder and three of attempted murder in connection with Thursday's shootings and said they had issued a "no-bail" arrest warrant for him.
Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach told a news conference that the evidence already amassed against Dorner was strong enough to press charges.
"This individual, by both his words and his conduct, has made it very clear to all of us that every law enforcement officer in Southern California is in danger of being shot or killed," Mr Zellerbach said.
Aside from numerous false sightings, the search for Dorner has centred on the San Bernardino Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, where his truck was found abandoned and burning on a fire road near the ski resort community of Big Bear Lake.
The manhunt there has not been abandoned, Los Angeles police spokesman Lieutenant Andrew Neiman said, but detectives were also busy following up an estimated 700 clues and tips from the public in hopes that one of them would lead them to the fugitive.
Dismissing speculation that Dorner's four-day silence may suggest he had taken his own life, Neiman said: "We are operating on the premise that he is still out and about and we are going to find him."
Although public statements by police have suggested Dorner was believed to be acting alone, the US Marshals Service said in court documents filed last week that the agency "has also been tracking the movements of ... a known associate of Dorner".
The purported associate, identified in the affidavit only by the initials "JY," has a family member who owns residential property where Dorner's truck was found burning, but it was not clear whether the individual remained under federal surveillance or had been questioned by authorities.