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Family threatened by ex-cop recalls ordeal

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm •  Published: February 19, 2013

"We'd go into the garage and cry, because we didn't want our kids to feel the anguish and the hurt we were feeling," Emada Tingirides said.

Beck said Tuesday that "Dorner did a lot of homework" and they think he conducted surveillance near the homes of those who were threatened.

A neighbor of the Tingirideses said he thinks he spoke with Dorner three or four days before Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence were found murdered in a condo parking lot in Irvine — the same city where the Tingirides family lives. The man had been circling the neighborhood in a pickup truck. When the neighbor saw Dorner's photo and truck on TV, he called the police.

The Tingirideses received strong support for their community, who welcomed them at sporting events despite officers with their rifles standing guard. Phil Tingirides, a captain at Southeast Area for six years, said a group of active gang members even offered to stand guard.

The family didn't know whether it would last six months or two years. After nearly a week under protection, they started talking long-term —considering moving to Colorado or New York.

Both agreed they wouldn't return to work until Dorner was captured.

It was early afternoon when Tingirides received a text message from his ex-wife, who was also under protection, alerting him to the standoff with Dorner in the San Bernardino mountains.

Emada Tingirides called the kids in to join them in the bedroom and they watched the end together.

The Tingirideses had few contacts with Dorner prior to the mention in the manifesto.

Phil Tingirides has been with the LAPD for 33 years. He had never met Dorner before the disciplinary hearing and was not in touch with him afterward.

Emada Tingirides, an 18-year member of the department, recalls a single conversation with Dorner in 2007 when he was dealing with the disciplinary process and brought it up to her.

"He had spoken about being bummed about the incident and that he was telling the truth and he hoped it wasn't being turned into a race thing because he was black," said Emada Tingirides, who is also black.

"I remember flat out telling him this is a process; you're not going through this process because you are black. This has nothing to do with your color," she said. "If you're being honest stick to that."

Phil Tingirides said the incident has helped give him perspective about the community he polices. At 9 square miles, Southeast Area has roughly 45 homicides each year. Some locals asked why he "hunkered down" under such a threat, and he realizes more so now what it's like to live with the threat of violence.

"I have a sense of how a lot of the community that we serve on a daily basis feels," Tingirides said.


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