On Saturday night, ex-LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner shot and killed 28-year-old Monica Quan, a second-year assistant coach with the Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball team, and her fiancé, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, a public safety officer at USC. The couple died at the garage in their condominium in Irvine, California, after suffering multiple gunshot wounds while in the driver and passenger seats of their car. The 33-year-old Dorner also posted a “multi-page manifesto” online for police, in which he threatened multiple officers and their families. LAPD has issued a protective detail to more than 40 of its own.
Here’s a brief snippet from his manifesto, via the Miami Herald:
“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.”
And more nuggets from the manifesto, via the Orange County Register:
“Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will leave (sic) to deadly consequences for you and your family. There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat and sleep,’ he wrote. ‘I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. I’m terminating yours.'”
One of the targets named by Dorner was an ex-LAPD captain and current attorney named Randall Quan, Monica’s father, who represented Dorner when he was fired by the LAPD in early 2009. Quan and his family, it appears, was targeted for retribution. In 2007, Dorner accused his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans, of kicking a suspect with schizophrenia and severe dementia while in the process of arresting him. Other circumstantial evidence, including claims of the victim and his father, backed up Dorner’s story, but three independent witnesses backed up Evans’ innocence. Dorner was subsequently fired for filing a false complaint against another officer, and he later sued the LAPD. But the 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld an original ruling that dismissed the suit – which was Dorner’s last legal gasp – in October of 2011.
The story hit the front pages early this morning when, at 1:35 a.m., Dorner ambushed two patrol officers in Riverside County at a red light, killing one and wounding another. A third officer was wounded in unknown circumstances.
There are also reports that a person matching Dorner’s description tried to rob an 81-year-old man of his boat at gunpoint only hours before the shooting of Quan and Lawrence. The robbery was unsuccessful, however.