(LOS ANGELES) — Ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, who is the subject of a massive dragnet, has been formally charged with murdering a Riverside police officer, a charge that could bring the death penalty if Dorner is captured and convicted.
The charges do not involve two other people Dorner is suspected of killing in Orange County.
Dorner, 33, is suspected of killing Riverside police officer Michael Crain and seriously wounding another in an ambush that occurred last Wednesday. He is also suspected of killing Monica Quan, the daughter of ex-Los Angeles Police Department captain Randal Quan, and her fiancé Keith Lawrence, who were found shot to death on Feb. 3 in the parking lot of their condominium complex in Irvine, Calif.
The manhunt was in its fifth day Monday in the San Bernardino Mountains near the popular ski resort town of Big Bear, roughly 80 miles northeast from Los Angeles.
A $1 million reward for the capture and conviction of Dorner has fostered hundreds of clues on Monday that authorities are investigating in an attempt to capture Dorner.
Though he remains at large, authorities believe that Big Bear remains his most likely location and planning may have helped him avoid capture thus far.
Dorner released a 6,000 word so-called “manifesto” on his Facebook page which outlined his distaste for the Los Angeles Police Department and made threats against individuals he believed were responsible for ending his career with the police force five years ago. The LAPD has assigned 50 protection details to guard officers and their families who were deemed possible targets.
Despite the costs, there are no plans to reduce the protection until Dorner is in custody, Los Angeles police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.
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