February 7, 2013

'He could be anywhere'

A historic manhunt is launched to find a military-trained ex-cop accused of killing 3, but jittery police officers accidentally shoot at – and sometimes hit – innocent citizens.

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Flowers placed on a police vehicle near the area where a shooting took place in Riverside, Calif, Thursday. Thousands of police officers are searching for one of their own: a former Los Angeles officer, Christopher Dorner, who is angry over his firing and is sought in a deadly shooting rampage after warning he would wage "warfare" on those who wronged him, authorities said.

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Police respond in Riverside, Calif., early Thursday morning, in search of the former LAPD officer accused of killing one police officer and critically wounding another.

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Diaz said news organizations should withhold the officers' names because the suspect had made clear that he considers police and their families "fair game."

The hunt for Dorner also led to two errant shootings in the pre-dawn darkness Thursday.

LAPD officers guarding a target named in the manifesto shot and wounded two women in suburban Torrance who were in a pickup truck, authorities said. Beck said one woman was in stable condition with two gunshot wounds and the other was being released after treatment.

"Tragically we believe this was a case of mistaken identity by the officers," Beck said.

Minutes later, Torrance officers responding to a report of gunshots encountered a dark pickup matching the description of Dorner's, police said. A collision occurred and the officers fired on the pickup. The unidentified driver was not hit and it turned out not to be the suspect vehicle, they said.

In San Diego, where police say Dorner tied up an elderly man and unsuccessfully tried to steal his boat Wednesday night, Naval Base Point Loma was locked down Thursday after a Navy worker reported seeing someone who resembled Dorner.

Navy Cmdr. Brad Fagan said officials believe Dorner had checked into a base hotel on Tuesday and left the next day without checking out. Numerous agencies guarded the base on Thursday. Fagan said Dorner was honorably discharged and that his last day in the Navy was last Friday.

Nevada authorities also joined the search, because Dorner owns a house nine miles from the Las Vegas Strip, according to authorities and property records.

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This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows a security camera video grab of the vehicle believed to be driven by suspect Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles officer.

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Police respond in Riverside, Calif., early Thursday morning, after one officer was killed and another critically wounded in a shoot out with a murder suspect.

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