As I write this, Christopher Dorner remains at large, presumably in Southern California though it’s really anyone’s guess. He’s believed to be responsible for three murders and two attempted murders, and there is no reason to believe he will stop there. For police officers in the area, he is a formidable adversary.
The Nissan Titan pickup truck we had been looking for was found burning yesterday near the mountain town of Big Bear, and a search of the area is ongoing. My hunch, for what it’s worth, is that Dorner burned the truck in an act of misdirection, just as he did with the planting of some of his belongings and the attempted boat theft in San Diego.
The police officer he killed worked for the city of Riverside, far inland from Los Angeles, and he had nothing whatsoever to do with Dorner’s grievance with the LAPD. Speaking of which, if Dorner truly was treated unjustly by the LAPD disciplinary process–a dubious proposition at best–he wouldn’t be the first. But he would be the first to respond to the injustice in this fashion.
Regarding the King Prawn’s earlier post, it might be helpful to understand the context of the incident in which the women delivering newspapers were shot by LAPD officers Thursday morning.The shooting occurred in the very neighborhood where one of the potential targets named in Dorner’s screed lived. Yes, the officers made a horrible mistake, but I’m not certain I wouldn’t have made the same mistake in that situation.
I’ll have more to say when circumstances and time allow. In the meantime, please have a good thought for all those involved in the search.