Hunt for ex-cop continues amid California snowstorm


Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

As officers go door-to-door in a Southern California mountain community, they're aware they could be walking into a trap set by former Los Angeles police officer and Navy reservist Christopher Dorner -- who knows their tactics and strategies as well as they do.

More than 100 officers in glass-enclosed snow machines and armored personnel carriers have been looking for Dorner in Big Bear Lake, near where his burned-out pickup truck was found yesterday. Snow has been falling, possibly covering the trail of tracks that led away from the truck.

At the same time, heavily armed police are still deployed throughout California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico, looking for Dorner.

He's suspected of going on a deadly rampage, vowing to go after those on the police force who he says caused him to be fired in 2008.

Police say officers are still guarding more than 40 targets mentioned in a rant that they say Dorner posted on Facebook.

Possible sightings of Dorner were reported near Barstow, near San Diego and in downtown Los Angeles. Some law enforcement officials are speculating that he is trying to make them spread out their resources.


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213-c-13-(Greg Risling (RIHS'-ling), AP correspondent)-"the ski resorts"-AP correspondent Greg Risling reports officer have gone door-to-door in the mountain resort community of Big Bear, searching for Christopher Dorner. (8 Feb 2013)

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216-a-10-(Sheriff John McMahon, San Bernardino County, at news conference)-"regards to that"-San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon says the vehicle that alleged killer Christopher Dorner had been driving is being processed for evidence. (8 Feb 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Police respond in Riverside, California, graphic element on gray (8 Feb 2013)

APPHOTO CAJH105: A U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officer, right, stands next to his SUV in Big Bear Lake, Calif., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Law enforcement officers working in falling snow searched a Southern California mountain Friday for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (8 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO CAONT107: A San Bernardino County Sheriff SWAT team returns to the command post at Bear Mountain near Big Bear Lake, Calif. after searching for Christopher Jordan Dorner on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Search conditions have been hampered by a heavy winter storm in the area. Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer, is accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job. (AP Photo/Pool, The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Will Lester) (8 Feb 2013)

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