What a day! The region-wide manhunt for Christopher Dorner continued as sun set and the deranged ex-LAPD cop is still on the loose. At last report more than 125 law enforcement officers were in the mountains around Big Bear last night, searching for him after his truck was discovered burned up near that mountain town Thursday morning.
DOUBT HE'S STILL ON THE MOUNTAIN
Personally, as thoroughly as he apparently planned his revenge campaign - which began with the murders of Monica Quan and her fiance', Keith Lawrence last Sunday in an Irvine parking structure - I cannot imagine that he would be foolish enough to get himself stuck on that mountain with only very limited ways to escape. I suspect he's back on the flat land, intent of continuing his campaign of terror on members of the LAPD and any other cop he runs into.
20 PAGE MANIFESTO
I've read the unedited version of his manifesto - all 11,500 words of it - and it really rocked me back. Clearly, something snapped within this man - perhaps after he was released from the Navy - and he's out for retribution.
AN UNBELIEVABLE DAY
I've watched the news reports off and on all day yesterday and was amazed at how he seemed to be six hours ahead of "the posse" most of the time. From trying to hijack a boat in San Diego, to the shoot-out with LAPD cops in Corona and the attack on two unsuspecting Riverside cops a few minutes later that resulted in the death of one of them and the hospitalization of the other, then the burning truck up in Big Bear - it was unbelievable.
A VERY TOUGH DAY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS
I watched the multiple news conferences with multiple chiefs of police from multiple jursidictions as they tried to explain the inexplicable. I watched LAPD Chief Charlie Beck - a friend - near tears as he described the incident. I shuddered when, in response to a question about Dorner's skill, he said, "Of course he's good - we trained him!" I watched former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton - a friend - attempt to remember Dorner and the circumstances of the photo (above) showing them shaking hands. I saw Anderson Cooper display the contents of a package Dorner sent him last week, including a commemorative medallion that Bratton had given Dorner - shot full of bullet holes. It was surreal!
LOVED KFI PERSONALITIES
JITTERS = SHOOTINGS
In the meantime, every law enforcement agency in southern California is on edge - as witnessed by the accidental shooting by LAPD officers guarding a potential victim of innocent civilians in Torrance Thursday morning, including a woman and her 71-year-old mother delivering the Los Angeles Times.
GO GET HIM!
The question in my mind tonight is, "Just who is hunting whom?" Dorner makes it clear that HE is the predator and every member of law enforcement he comes across is his prey. Let's hope the massed presence of the law can find this guy fast and solve the problem. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those folks in law enforcement and especially those targeted by this lunatic.