LOS ANGELES — A fired police officer who threatened to bring “warfare” to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt Thursday that put Southern California on edge, led hair-trigger officers to mistakenly shoot at innocent citizens and forced police to guard their own.
A “manifesto” posted on a file-sharing website Thursday alleges that he lived in Enid for a time.
The search for Christopher Dorner had three states and Mexico on alert before shifting Thursday afternoon to the snowy mountains around Big Bear Lake, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, where police found his burned-out pickup and tracks leading from the vehicle.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said 125 officers were going door to door and attempting to track the suspect, and that a SWAT team was providing added security to those in the community. Schools were put on lockdown while investigators examined the vehicle and spread out across the area.
Said LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore: “This complex and violent investigation has led to this mountain.”
Throughout the day, thousands of heavily armed officers patrolled highways throughout Southern California, while some stood guard outside the homes of people police say Dorner vowed to attack in a rant posted online.
“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” to Los Angeles Police Department officers, on or off duty, said the manifesto.
Dorner, 33, had several weapons including an assault rifle, said police Chief Charlie Beck, who urged him to surrender at a news conference held amid heightened security in an underground room at police headquarters.
“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours,” the manifesto states.
The chief said there had been a “night of extreme tragedy in the Los Angeles area” and that the department was taking measures to ensure the safety of officers.
In the manifesto, Dorner lists nine cities “where I resided from childhood to adulthood.” Enid is third from the bottom of the list: Cerritos, Calif.; Pico Rivera, Calif.; La Palma, Calif.; Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Cedar City, Utah; Pensacola, Fla.; Enid; Yorba Linda, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev. It doesn't list when Dorner might have lived in Enid.
The search for Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements, began after he was linked to a weekend killing in which one of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented him during his disciplinary hearing.