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Ex-LAPD Cop Suspected in Rampage Discharged from Navy Friday

Christopher Dorner left the Navy two days before the first killing.

The suspect in the revenge slayings of a college basketball coach and her fiance in Irvine, as well as the early morning ambush killing of a Riverside police officer, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy Friday, two days before the double homicide, a Navy spokesman said today.

Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, of La Palma, joined the Navy July 3, 2002, according to a Navy spokesman.

Dorner joined the Naval reserves in January 2010 and was not assigned to any specific drills or duties, but was on call in case he was needed, the spokesman added. It's unclear why Dorner, who achieved the rank of lieutenant Aug. 1, 2006, was discharged from the Navy.

He served six months in Bahrain from November 2006 to April 23, 2007, according to the Navy. Dorner was stationed primarily in San Diego.

Dorner was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Medal, the Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device, a Rifle Marksman Ribbon and a Pistol Expert Medal, according to the Navy.

Dorner was identified Wednesday night as a suspect in the slayings of 28- year-old Monica Quan and her fiance, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, who were found shot to death at 9:10 p.m. Sunday in a parked car at 2100 Scholarship in Irvine. They were inside Lawrence's Kia, which was parked at the top of the five-story parking structure for the building where they lived.

According to police, Quan was the daughter of a retired LAPD captain who represented Dorner at the Board of Rights hearing that led to his firing, and the killings were carried out in an act of revenge outlined in a lengthy manifesto Dorner posted online -- blaming Quan's father for losing his job.

Dorner is also a suspect in the shooting of a Los Angeles police officer near Interstate 15 and Magnolia Avenue in Corona early today. The officer suffered a graze wound to the head.

About 20 minutes later, Dorner is believed to have ambushed two Riverside officers while they were stopped at a red light at Magnolia and Arlington avenues, according to Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint, adding that the two were on "routine patrol" and were not searching for Dorner at the time.

One of the officers -- a 34-year-old, 11-year veteran of the force -- was killed. The wounded Riverside officer, who is 27 years old, underwent surgery and is expected to fully recover, Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz said.

- City News Service

JustUs February 07, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I read his manifesto. Apparently according to his story, after Dorner was fired from LAPD he lost his security clearance with the navy. Perhaps that impacted his ability to function in his military specialty? But it's interesting that he was discharged honorably only 2 days before the murder of the Irvine couple. That's strange. He was fired by LAPD in 2009 it took the navy 3 years to discharge him? Did that push him over the edge? Who knows?
Janie D. February 08, 2013 at 12:29 AM
This entire situation is horrible! For such an accomplished, decorated officer/veteran to take hideous vengeance to this bloody, heartbreaking extreme, there has to be much, much more to his grievance than any of us are privy to -- and it needs to be independently investigated. This man will never survive to tell the public or the media his story -- either death by police/swat or by his own hand. That will also be tragic because if there is/was corruption involved on the part of LAPD in his case, Dorner's actions -- a lengthy manifest, the murder of an innocent child and fiancé of one of the parties involved, the murder of an innocent police officer from a completely separate jurisdiction, the ambush/injury of two other officers, and the threat to communities as a whole -- has fueled warranted public terror and outrage that will likely result in simple acceptance of the LAPD's explanation and description of this man as a disgruntled, dishonored lunatic bent on revenge against anyone and everyone associated with the color blue, happy to just leave it at that moving on from here. If an agency ever wanted to divert attention by appearing to be an innocent bystander in something or to just quietly close the book on an issue, this is sure one heck of a way to make that happen! That's not to say they are NOT an innocent bystander...it just means that this entire chain of events needs to be looked into carefully and completely!
JustUs February 08, 2013 at 02:40 AM
"This man will never survive to tell the public or the media his story" Janie, what are you talking about? He wrote a multi-paged manifesto. It's available on-line for your viewing. But whatever he was mad at in no way justified the suspect's alleged murder of Monica Quan or her fiancee in cold blood. Dorner may have had some legitimate issues and got blindsided with internal politics. That's very, very possible. But he chose the wrong course of action to deal with it. His own rage did him in. IMO you won't hear (versus 'read') his side to the story because he will never allow himself to be taken alive. His options are very limited at this point. But I agree with you. This should be thoroughly independently analyzed and made public. But you and I know it won't be. That's not the way the system is designed.
jeff s February 08, 2013 at 02:38 PM
The cops will execute him. They will say he shot himself, but usually the cops do the killin' ... One less scumbag I say..
John Webb February 08, 2013 at 06:20 PM
jeff s, I suspose you have hard evidence of this. Having carried a badge in this County for a number of years, I have witnessed Cops die trying to help a citizen, but have never witnessed an execution. I can provide names, places and dates of Cops who paid a high price to protect you. Can you do the same to support your statement that cops do the killin?
Roy Rivenburg February 08, 2013 at 11:58 PM
No profanity, Daniel.
Mw Winn February 09, 2013 at 12:22 AM
John W., While I agree in part with your statement about there being officers willing to put their life on the line, it has in resent years become equally evident that many do not belong in decent society. Being a vet, and having served law enforcement at various levels both state and federal I have seen nearly equal amounts of dedicated and non-dedicated personnel. An excellent example of Southern California police corruption may be seen in the 1990-91 San Clemente case where Officer Karen Novorr was raped by a fellow officer and serial rapist David Bryan. The majority of the force was either dismissed or reassigned (as Dorner mentions in his case) and the federal government was forced to disband the San Clemete PD. This animal was kept on the payroll and even sent cards and gifts by other officers after being jailed. I recently read that a film or book is being done called "Raped By The Numbers" and includes the 20 years of harassment and persecution this female officer faced. To act like you are unaware of the virus attacking our police forces due to hiring quotas and lowered standards is beneath someone who sounds proud )as you should) of having carried a badge. Thus far, I have seen and printed out 3 different versions of his 10 page letter. There are a number of differences from one to the next. None of those commenting really know anything, the media has become the least valid source of information in this country.
Kathi February 09, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Sounds like most of the "decorations" were simply for serving in those areas, nothing really that special. But read his manifesto. In 1st grade a kid used the N word on him so he attacked the kid, & didn't like it when the school said he should have turned the other cheek. While a trainee riding in a van, he heard officers using the N word & he asked them not to. They did not comply so he lunged over the back of his seat & tried to choke 1 of them. Too bad they didn't terminate him right then or at least put him on probation & require anger management. So he never learned constructive ways to deal w racial slurs or other things. & he blames others for his problems. How did LAPD cost him having a family or cause being estranged from his own Mom & I think sister? So he suffered a huge disappointment when the career he dreamed of was taken from him. I understand that feeling, but most of us don't let the disappointment turn into anger, hatred & rage that leads to him thinking he is going to clear his name by going on this rampage. So you can see his logic but its twisted, full of blame & apparently proud of his prior aggression in response to racial slurs. He was indignant (belatedly) about what he said was his training officer kicking a detainee but somehow thinks he is justified to commit murder to clear his name from a charge of lying or making a false report. Yeah that makes sense.
Mr. G February 09, 2013 at 03:20 AM
They can usually tell when a person shoots himself. If he is found shot dead, it will be very easy to identify whether he was shot at close range (by himself) or from a distance. And believe me, there's not going to be any cop close enough to shoot him at close range. This guy is dangerous and the cops know it. If I was a gambling man, I'd say he's going to be found dead with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Which by the way would be fine with me. It'll save the tax payers a ton of money avoiding a trial and then a lifelong prison term paid by you, me and everyone else.
Don Marquez February 09, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Gee what's really going on here hmm things that make you go hmmm I been watching this chaos from the 60's 70's 80's 90's and the last twelve years if you are not outraged about these and other abuses it's only going to get worse come on America wake up!
Jerome Moses February 10, 2013 at 05:45 PM
John Webb Cops are hated by many people in America because cops are dirty. Read the papers and you will see a case where the cops have shot and killed a innocent person, or a drunk with a knife, or a mentally disturbed person almost daily. And, I can provide names and dates too of innocent people killed, or murdered by cops. People like dormer not because he is a nice guy. but, because he is getting back at these dirty cops.
mira February 16, 2013 at 05:46 AM
Witch one is the first letter he wrote? I found this one names of everyone involved? http://content.clearchannel.com/cc-common/mlib/616/02/616_1360213161.pdf

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