Manhunt for former LAPD officer turns to snowy San Bernardino mountains
On Saturday, the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, took police in the snowy California mountains. Dorner is accused of shooting and killing three people, wounding two police officers, and is thought to be targeting up to 40 others.
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Jamie Usera, an attorney who befriended Dorner when they were college students, said he introduced him to the outdoors and taught Dorner about hunting and other outdoor activities.Skip to next paragraph
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"Of all the people I hung out with in college, he is the last guy I would have expected to be in this kind of situation," Usera told the Los Angeles Times.
Others saw Dorner differently. Court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Friday show an ex-girlfriend of Dorner's called him "severely emotionally and mentally disturbed" after the two split in 2006.
Dorner served in the Navy, earning a rifle marksman ribbon and 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.
Last Friday was his last day with the Navy and also the day CNN's Anderson Cooper received a package that contained a note on it that read, in part, "I never lied." A coin typically given out as a souvenir by the LAPD police chief was also in the package, riddled with bullet holes.
On Sunday, police say Dorner shot and killed a couple in a parking garage. The woman was the daughter of a retired police captain who had represented Dorner in the disciplinary proceedings that led to his firing in 2008.
According to documents from a court of appeals hearing, Dorner was fired after he made a complaint against his field training officer, saying that said that in the course of an arrest, she kicked suspect Christopher Gettler, a schizophrenic with severe dementia.
Richard Gettler, the schizophrenic man's father, gave testimony that supported Dorner's claim. After his son was returned home on July 28, 2007, Richard Gettler asked "if he had been in a fight because his face was puffy" and his son responded that he was kicked twice in the chest by a police officer.
Hours after authorities identified Dorner as a suspect in the double murder, police believe Dorner shot and grazed an officer and then used a rifle to ambush two police officers early Thursday, killing one and seriously wounding the other.
The incident led police to believe he was armed with multiple weapons, including an assault-type rifle.
Law enforcement officials said they will continue to search for Dorner through the weekend.
Associated Press writers contributing to this report include Jeff Wilson, Bob Jablon, Michael Blood, Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, Linda Deutsch, and John Antczak in Los Angeles, Ken Ritter in Las Vegas, and Elliot Spagat and Julie Watson in San Diego.
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