Los Angeles police have mistakenly shot two innocent people in Torrence, Calif., while searching for an ex-LAPD officer suspected of shooting three other officers.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police shot at vehicles similar to the one sought by authorities and struck two people, none of whom were the suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner.
A spokesperson for the LAPD told the LA Times that It was not immediately clear if occupants of the vehicles matched Dorner's physical description.
While the two innocent people were transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries, Dorner, 33, is still at large.
A former LAPD officer, Dorner is wanted for the shooting of three police officers.
According to the Times, Dorner allegedly shot two Riverside Police Department officers around 1:30 a.m. Thursday while they were on a routine patrol near Magnolia and Arlington streets.
In addition, an LAPD officer was reportedly shot and suffered a graze wound in the area of Magnolia and the 15 Freeway in Corona.
Considered armed and dangerous, Dorner, 33, is believed to be driving a black Nissan Titan pickup truck, California license plate 8D83987 or 7X09131. He may have changed the plates to elude authorities.
Dorner is also wanted for allegedly killing Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan, 28, the daughter of a former LAPD officer, and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence, 27.
The couple was found shot to death in the parking lot of their upscale apartment complex in Irvine on Sunday night.
Dorner was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for allegedly making false statements about his field training officer, who he accused of kicking a suspect. The LAPD Board of Rights found that the complaint was false and terminated his employment for making false statements. He appealed the action.
Police discovered a multipage manifesto on Dorner’s Facebook page recently about his termination
According to the manifesto, obtained by the Times, Dorner was disgruntled about that fact that Quan and others did not fairly represent him at the review hearing.
“Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will lead to deadly consequences for you and your family.
“There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat and sleep,” he wrote, referring to Quan and several others.
“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours,” he added.
In the document, he threatens violence against other police officers.
“The violence of action will be high. ... I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” Dorner wrote.
Dorner’s last known address is in La Palma. He is described as a 6-foot-tall African-American who weighs about 270 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
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