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OC Deputies to Double Up Patrol Units During Manhunt

Orange County Sheriff's Department patrol officers will travel in pairs during the overnight manhunt for Christopher Jordan Dorner, an ex-cop suspected of shooting two police officers during an ongoing murder spree.

In response to a request from the Orange County sheriff's union, deputies in patrol cars tonight will be paired with a partner for the duration of the massive manhunt for an allegedly revenge-bent former cop suspected in two murders in Irvine and the ambush killing of a Riverside police officer.

Tom Dominguez, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, sent a letter to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens requesting two deputies per patrol unit during the hunt for Christopher Jordan Dorner.

Sheriff's officials responded by ordering two-deputy patrols that began at 6 p.m., according to Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the association.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said the department "has a tactical plan, but we don't want to release the specifics on it."

Dominguez wrote in his letter, "Dorner is a highly trained marksman who has already demonstrated his propensity for killing innocent people. He has made it clear law enforcement officers and their families are fair game."

Noting a statewide officer safety alert, Dominguez added, "We must do everything we can to keep our deputies safe as they assist in this critical operation to find Dorner before any more innocent lives are lost."

Dominguez said many other law enforcement agencies have switched to two- deputy patrols.

"The safety of our deputies must remain a priority as they engage in this extraordinarily dangerous endeavor," he wrote.

Dorner was identified Wednesday night as the suspect in the slayings of 28-year-old Monica Quan, a college basketball coach, and her 27-year-old fiance, USC safety officer 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 Los Angeles Police Department captain who represented Dorner at the Board of Rights hearing that led to his firing. Investigators believe 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, who served in the Navy, is also a suspect in the shooting of an LAPD officer near Interstate 15 and Magnolia Avenue in Corona early today. The officer, who was en route to provide protection to a person named in the manifesto, suffered a graze wound to the head.

About 20 minutes later, Dorner is suspected of ambushing two Riverside officers while they were stopped at a red light at Magnolia and Arlington avenues, according to Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint, who said the two were on "routine patrol" and were not searching for Dorner at the time.

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

- City News Service

Joker Joe February 08, 2013 at 03:34 PM
After reading about what seemed like a railroad job to Dorner I can see what set him off. He complained about cops using excessive force and discriminating against black folk. You don't cross the blue line without retaliation.. Bring in Jessee and Big Al. Where is ag Eric Holder? What does Obama have to say about this?
Joker Joe February 08, 2013 at 03:36 PM
One more thing to mention. Why doesn't Patch include the facts that I mentioned above? 1/2 an article only and it portrays the ex police officer as a nut.
Trisha Jones February 08, 2013 at 03:37 PM
He also killed two innocent people.
JustUs February 08, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Bill Bonney, I agree. If we have freedom of press in America then let it all hang out and let the readers draw their own conclusions. But don't hide the stuff that you don't want the people to see. That's no better than Pravda. That's not what the nation is supposed to stand for. Unfortunately that is exactly what we have evolved into on so many fronts. The people are kept in the dark. And that's wrong. Dorner is a nut and obviously went about this in the wrong way. I have known countless people in the private sector who were unfairly fired on a moment's notice with no recourse whatsoever - other than to hit the brick again and try to land another job. Trust me, they didn't have a 'review panel' that examined their termination like cops get. But not one of those private sector employees ran out and murdered someone - particularly someone who had nothing to do with their termination. But I have little doubt that some of what Dorner claimed in his manifesto is the truth. Truth that will get buried. He will go down in history as a villian without any credibility whatsoever. And there will no independent investigation about the circumstances that resulted in his termination. All will get buried. Because that's the way the system is designed. But what Dorner did to Monica and her fiancee is really unforgiveable. I think we can all agree on that.
Joker Joe February 08, 2013 at 04:07 PM
JustUs As usual we both agree. But what do we do about it? 1. Pass another law! 2. Don't let policemen or ex policeman carry weapons.
Joker Joe February 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Reuters News............ Dorner, who once played football for Southern Utah University, blamed the police department not just for firing him but also for the end of his Navy career and the loss of close relationships. He listed other grievances as well, such as encountering racism both at the LAPD and as an African-American boy growing up in Southern California. "I lost my position as a Commanding Officer of a Naval Security Forces reserve unit ... because of the LAPD. I've lost a relationship with my mother and sister because of the LAPD," he wrote. "In essence, I've lost everything because the LAPD took my name and (k)new I was INNOCENT!!!" While the downward spiral of his professional life was evident, it was not entirely clear what led to the violence nearly five years after his firing and three years after his petition to be reinstated to the LAPD was denied by a judge. Crystal Lancaster, a neighbor in the Los Angeles suburb of La Palma, where Dorner went to high school and his mother still lives, described him to CNN as "a nice, friendly guy, easy to approach."
JustUs February 08, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Bill Bonney - as individuals the best we can do is communicate like little children. In other words, verbalize what you see. If it quacks and waddles and has feathers, call it a duck. Once you are no longer allowed to call a duck a duck it might be time to relocate. But for the time being, speak the simple truth. That's the most we could possibly ask for from the average man. But your sarcasm is precious. It only underlies the futility of it all.
JustUs February 08, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Bill Bonney - one reason I discount what Dorner asserts is because no where in his manifesto did he take any personal responsibility for his own situation. His entire sad story was always somebody else's fault. And I have never know anyone (myself included) who didn't end up in a jam without at least some accountability for it. Obviously, everything he wrote was from his own perspective. And it's doubtful he was totally forthcoming about the reasons he was on the hotseat at LAPD. But, again, I am not saying there isn't some truth to his claims. I most certainly believe there are. But they are clouded by his own self-indulgence and self-pity. It would have been better for him to take ownership for some of his problems. That would have given him much more credibility, at least in my eyes. But the fact that he murdered that beautiful young woman and her fiancee (who had nothing to do with his termination) was the deal breaker for me. He might have a legit gripe about losing at the LAPD internal politics game, but he's big chump IMO. And I hope he gets taken down in a hail of bullets and lives long enough afterwards to get an idea of how Monica felt as she lost consciousness.
Kathi February 09, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Reading the manifesto there are clues way back in 1st grade. He mentions a kid at Norwalk Christian school used the N word on him. So what did he do? He attacked the kid. when the school told him he should have turned the other cheek, he said he wasn't a Christian so he wasn't going to. Later on as a police trainee, he was in a van & some of the officers were also using the N word. Obviously that is not something they should have been doing. What was his response after asking them to stop & they refused? He lunged over the seat & was trying to choke the guy. Too bad he wasn't terminated right then. We certainly don't need police officers w a short temper. There are racists out there & some of them will call cops all sorts of names, especially Black ones. But they can't just shoot them. So his response from 1st grade has been (according to the manifesto) to meet a verbal slur w a physical attack. He also sees himself as a victim, blaming others. Ok, there are racists out there & maybe the LAPD is corrupt like he says, but to blame them for him being estranged from his Mom & not having a family? & I think he also blamed them for losing his Navy career? That seems a bit far-fetched. He obviously never learned that life isn't fair & that there are racists & others who may call names or whatever but we can't be physically attacking people for stuff like that. & he sees others as the cause of all his problems & himself as a noble crusader. Obviously NOT.
J. Billman February 09, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Here we go again with OCSD latching on to another high profile story to line their own pockets with extra overtime pay .... Can somebody explain to me what evidence has been produced to indicate that this guy is going to be detered by the presence of two Deputies in a vehicle vs. one ??? It seems to me that all they are doing is doubling their exposure to Dorner, who apparently is highly proficient at all the skills necessary to carry out his work. No, this is another insult to the taxpayers intelligence and likely will be bought into by the uninformed masses without thought or questions. Congratulations to the PR machine at OCSD who churns out this stuff, they never miss a opportunity to fatten the paychecks of the arrogant, exclusive club. Perhaps if Dorner had been given due process in the unfortunate series of events leading up to this frightening debacle, he would still be serving on the force at regular pay. instead we will be paying 10x his annual salary in overtime for the fine officers of the Sheriff's Dept. More money we don't have. Outrageous.....
jeff February 10, 2013 at 07:38 PM
To concerneddad3: It's sad how u believe the assertions of a serial killer but not any law enforcement. I suppose u believe Charles Manson's claims too. As far as OCSD doubling up deputies, most southern California police departments have done the same thing...and it doesn't include overtime. They are placing the deputies already working in one car instead of two. As far as "due process" for the serial killer, he had: #1 an internal affairs investigation (trial) #2 a Skelly hearing (Appeal), both of which he lost. What more does he deserve? I'm waiting....
jeff February 10, 2013 at 07:38 PM
To concerneddad3: It's sad how u believe the assertions of a serial killer but not any law enforcement. I suppose u believe Charles Manson's claims too. As far as OCSD doubling up deputies, most southern California police departments have done the same thing...and it doesn't include overtime. They are placing the deputies already working in one car instead of two. As far as "due process" for the serial killer, he had: #1 an internal affairs investigation (trial) #2 a Skelly hearing (Appeal), both of which he lost. What more does he deserve? I'm waiting....
JustUs February 10, 2013 at 07:49 PM
hey jeff, let me respond to some of your comments. "It's sad how u believe the assertions of a serial killer but not any law enforcement." Why would we believe the cops after the multitude of cops scandals in So Cal? The former sheriff of Orange County is sitting in Federal Prison as I type. So why would we take a cop's word over Dorner's word? Dorner might be a scumbucket but it doesn't mean everything he wrote in his manifesto is a lie. After reading it all PLUS the court documents and hearing documents related to his termination case I, for one, think Dorner has a case. And apparently Chief Beck does too since he just ordered the case reopened. Beck doesn't want the Feds snooping around and is being proactive. "As far as OCSD doubling up deputies, most southern California police departments have done the same thing...and it doesn't include overtime." Which translates into fewer cars and longer response times which reduces citizen safety. So the cops place their safety above ours. I thought that they are all big tough cops who know how to handle themselves? Why so scared? Don't they face danger for living? My God, in a real war they would fold like a Walmart pup tent. Really patheic if you ask me.
J. Billman February 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Jeff, I don't believe you grasp the content of my comments. They have nothing to do with "Dorner" I haven't read a word of his "manifesto". I think this decision should have been made by Sheriff Hutchens, WITHOUT the proding of 'UNION BOSS" Tom Dominguez. The private citizens of this county are suffering mightily in this economy and I am tired of "public servants' ignoring that undeniable fact..
jeff February 11, 2013 at 02:45 AM
well, first off, the argument was that OC deps were padding OT, which I refuted. Now your argument is the response time is slower. That is true. But I guess until u have a target on your back you won't understand. You sound like an internet tough guy. All police face life-threatening situations everyday from domestic violence to outright robberies. I have the utmost respect for what they do and don't monday-morning quarterback how they do it. Regarding the dishonesty, with over 100,000 law enforcement officers in Socal, the few incidents are less than 1%. Regarding the former sheriff, u should blame the voters. He was ELECTED. The deputies supported Paul Walters during that campaign. Nobody on OCSD supported Corona, but the voters chose.
Joker Joe February 11, 2013 at 04:02 PM
My take. Review of Dorners dismissal? By who?? The same people that fired him!! Kinda like the fox guarding the hen house, no?? One million reward because he is making a fool out of them and the L.A.P.D. has something to hide. Dorner, as a rookie, did not just make up his accusations. He was on probation. He knew he could be fired. It must of been an extreme circumstance for this man to bring charges against a fellow officer. We are not getting the WHOLE truth. Maybe Jessee and Big Al can pierce the veil of secrecy at the L.A.P.D. If nothing else they can get themselves in the limelight!!!
Joker Joe February 11, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Dorner was not seen in Big Bear. As far as I see it he paid someone to set the car on fire for a diversion and he is headed out of the country. I watched swat teams in black and sheriffs in brown clothing. Great contrast in the snow if you wanna get hit. lol lol All they are doing is padding the over time books. In Torrance they shot at 2 women delivering papers. I saw at least 7 shots in the car they were driving and many bullet holes in a house. The area was under surveillance but the cops were remiss. One of the women was wounded. Perfect example of when Gun Control advocates say, No guns because you do not have police training?. Gotta laugh.
JustUs February 11, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Yo Jeffrey, It's my understanding that OCSD like LAPD are on tactical alert due to this clown Dorner. In cop language that mean officers can be held over on their shifts (OVERTIME) and do not respond to some calls. So if there's a burglar breaking into some citizen's home and that citizen is anti-2nd Amendment - looks like he's on his own, eh? But tactical alert = OVERTIME, Jeffrey, whether you accept it or not. "You sound like an internet tough guy." I'm no internet tough guy. I'm just normal law-abiding citizen who speaks the truth which you equate to an 'internet tough guy' in an attempt to disparage me. I know your kind quite well. Very punkish. "All police face life-threatening situations everyday from domestic violence to outright robberies." Get outta here with the 'danger card'. A cop's job is not even one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America. A convenience store clerk making $10/hr is statistically in more danger than a cop. "Regarding the dishonesty, with over 100,000 law enforcement officers in Socal, the few incidents are less than 1%." Those are just the ones who get caught or who are black sheep who get set up. The 'code of silence' protects the rest. Grow up. "Regarding the former sheriff, u should blame the voters. He was ELECTED." Oh, so now it's the voter's fault that the former OCSD sheriff was a fracken crook? Not the ones on the insider who watched him do it?? HAH! I'm done with you. So disingenuous.
JustUs February 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM
"In Torrance they shot at 2 women delivering papers. I saw at least 7 shots in the car they were driving and many bullet holes in a house. The area was under surveillance but the cops were remiss. One of the women was wounded." You missed the facts of the story, Bill. I saw a photo of the newpaper deliverer's truck. The back was riddled with bullet holes and reports said there were 30 or more. The 71 year old asian mother was shot in the back TWICE. Her daughter was shot in the hand once. Extremely lucky to be alive today. Plus, there were bullet holes all over the neighborhoods - in other cars and in several homes. A bullet could have easily struck an innocent citizen making coffee in the morning before going to work. I think LAPD reopened the Dorner case, thus making it an active vs. closed case, because FOIA requests can now be denied. The public cannot get the details. Now is the whitewashing time. Plus, Beck is trying to stave off the Feds from getting involved by being proactive. He will form his own little 'ad hoc' committee and cover all the bases. Jesse and Big Al will be nowhere to be found. They are part of the power structure. That was obvious during the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case in Florida. They didn't show up for the Sgt. Manuel Loggins killing by OCSD in San Clemente either - obviously a bad shoot. Like the politicians I never even heard them say "Thanks for your service" or "sorry" to the Loggins family. All black folk.
J. Billman February 11, 2013 at 05:04 PM
William Bonney, JustUs, I admire your persistence in continuing to speak out on these matters... I feel the same way.. unfortunately, I feel like we are like the remarks an comments we make are not only not heard, or considered, by the intended audience, this same audience would vilify and discredit us as unpatriotic, anti law enforcement and just plain kooks. I will point out Jeff, bringing Charles Manson into the conversation. I am unsubscribing to all Patch Networks... too much private information for the wrong people to get hold of.. good luck
Joker Joe February 11, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Thank you Concern for your gracious comment.
JustUs February 11, 2013 at 05:19 PM
I just left a comment and it was deleted. It complied with all guidelines and merely gave the facts and opinions. So I will repeat it again: "In Torrance they shot at 2 women delivering papers. I saw at least 7 shots in the car they were driving and many bullet holes in a house" Bill - Apparently you missed some of the facts about the Torrance shooting. There were 30 of more bullet holes in the back of the newspaper deliverer's truck. And there were bullets sprayed all over the neighborhood which struck other cars and even residential homes. Someone getting up in the early morning hours to make a pot of coffee could have been struck and killed. And the 71 YO asian women (mother) was shot in the back TWICE and her 46 YO daughter was struck in the hand ONCE. Both are extremely lucky to be alive today. Charlie Beck, LAPD chief, did not offer any apology. Nor did any other police agency condemn the action of those multiple LAPD cops involved in the shooting. More 'code of silence' and closing ranks. And Beck reopened the Dorner case (previously closed) which automatically denies all FOIA requests and blocks public transparency. Furthermore, it may be a ploy to stave off the Feds from starting their own investigation since Beck is being seemingly proactive. Naturally, the investigation would be conducted by his own staff, allowing for a good, thorough whitewashing. The Feebies need to step in here to give an appearance of transparency. LAPD can't be trusted.
JustUs February 11, 2013 at 05:23 PM
concern, as obama once quoted brandeis "Sunlight is the best disinfectant". obama has a problem walking his talk. but there is ample sunlight on the patch in the comment section. and sunlight is the only real solution. we need lots and lots of it.
J. Billman February 11, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I am at work and am feeling like a coward for what I am doing, but when you read about the NSA and hwo they are building huge facilities in places like Utah to house this massive amount of all social network interaction and not targeting anyone in particular, just saving it all for a "rainy day" to be used and interpreted in any way that suits their purpose, you begin to realize that our citizenry is slowly being drawn into a net that grows ever smaller and ever more threatening... big government, for some time, Republican and Democrats alike, have sought to control our rights and activities in ever more subtle and secretive ways. It is frightening and not what our founding fathers had in mind, I think you will agree.
Joker Joe February 11, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I saw a blurp on tv of the vehicle in the shooting. It was about 4 seconds and it was shot from a distance so that is what I interpreted. I now see it on the net and that car was riddled by the police and seven officers. These officers have to be taught how to control their guns. Those people, 2 women. should of been dead instead of wounded by all those bullets. The cops were terrible marksmen. The women were ONLY wounded. What a disgrace for the police department. What ever happened to "GUN CONTROL"!!!! Again!!!! STAY OUTA TORRANCE if you want to live.
JustUs February 11, 2013 at 05:45 PM
NSA? Oh yes. The intelligence gathering agency that targeted foreign governments. Now it appears it has turned it's efforts inward against the very people that fully fund it's agency. Nice, eh? Is this the start of the 4th Reich?
Joker Joe February 11, 2013 at 06:23 PM
It is not just in Ca. These people in LE need a reality check. http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/atfs-fearless-storefront-had-little-to-ward-off-burglars-im8l7o4-190564791.html
JustUs February 11, 2013 at 06:39 PM
"Again!!!! STAY OUTA TORRANCE if you want to live." Not just Torrance. LAPD patrols throughout Los Angeles. I suggest not to cross the county line or get anywhere close to LA proper. Go south instead.

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