BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — The hunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings continued in mountains near a resort Saturday as the LAPD's chief said he would reopen the disciplinary case that led to the fugitive's firing.
Officials in particular will re-examine the allegations by Christopher Dorner, 33, that his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues, Police Chief Charlie Beck said. While he promised to hear out Dorner if he surrenders, Beck stressed he was ordering a review of his 2007 case because he takes the allegation of racism in his department seriously.
I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do, the chief said.
Authorities suspect Dorner in a series of attacks in Southern California over the past week that left three dead, including a police officer. Authorities say Dorner has vowed revenge against several former LAPD colleagues whom he blames for ending his career. The killings and threats that Dorner allegedly made in an online rant have led police to provide protection to 50 families, Beck said.
A scaled-back search party took advantage of improved weather to search for Dorner using heat-sensing helicopters in the San Bernardino mountains, 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles, as vacationers and weekend skiers frolicked nearby.
A law enforcement officer said authorities found weapons in Dorner's burned-out pickup truck.
Investigators have been examining the truck to determine if it broke down or was set ablaze as a diversion.
On Friday night, authorities served a search warrant and collected evidence from a Buena Park storage unit. Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the evidence or say who had rented the unit. Earlier Friday, another warrant was served at a La Palma house belonging to Dorner's mother. Officers collected 10 bags of evidence, including five electronic items.