Christopher Dorner

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Christopher Jordan Dorner
Born June 4, 1979 (1979-06-04) (age 39)
United States
Nationality American
Known for Accused perpetrator of 2013 Southern California shootings
Criminal status Suspect in multiple homicides

Christopher Jordan Dorner also Chris Dorner (June 4, 1979 - February 12, 2013) was a domestic terrorist[1] who declared "unconventional and asymmetric warfare" upon officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, their wives and children, over his dismissal from the LAPD he attributed to racism. Dorner was wanted in connections of shootings that occurred throughout Southern California, killing four people and wounding three others. Dorner was eventually cornered in the mountain resort area of Big Bear, California and died in a fiery shootout.



Christopher Dorner was born in New York state and grew up in Los Angeles County, where he attended elementary school at Norwalk Christian School. At Cypress High School he beat-up one of his teachers.[2]

Dorner graduated from Southern Utah University in 2001 with a major in political science and a minor in psychology where he was football running back from 1999 to 2000. Dorner is a former Naval Reserve lieutenant who was once deployed to Bahrain.[3]


Dorner joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 2005, and completed police academy training in February 2006. He was on the streets of LA as a probationary officer before he was deployed as a reservist to Bahrain for 13 months. When he returned he was paired with Sergeant Theresa Evans to complete his probationary training. Evans reported Dorner began weeping in the patrol car and said he wanted to go back to the police academy for retraining.

Evans gave him an unsatisfactory rating and requested that he be removed from the field until he showed improvement. The next day Dorner retaliated against the sergeant by falsely reporting Evans kicked a mentally ill suspect during an arrest several days earlier.[4] Three hotel employees who witnessed the incident were interviewed by detectives from the LAPD's internal affairs bureau and said they did not see the training officer kick the man. The investigator's report said: "The delay in reporting the alleged misconduct coupled with the witness’ statements irreparably destroy Dorner’s credibility, and bring into question his suitability for continued employment as a police officer."[5] Dorner was dismissed in 2008 for "making false statements about his training officer".

Dorner was known as a "hot head" on the force and had a history of complaints against other officers.[6]

Shootings and manhunt

Dorner was wanted in connection with shootings in Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties.

In the city of Irvine, in the evening hours of February 3, 2013, 28-year-old Monica Quan, and her fiance, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, were found shot to death in Lawrence's parked car, outside their condominium complex. Quan, an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, was the daughter of Randal Quan, a former Los Angeles Police Department police captain and lawyer who formerly represented Dorner during Dorner's dismissal hearing from the LAPD.

In the wake of the Quan-Lawrence shooting and the posting of Dorner's manifesto, law enforcement subsequently mounted a widespread manhunt for Dorner that spread from California to include Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico.

At approximately 1:30 am on February 7, two LAPD officers en route to a protection detail assignment were flagged down by a citizen who reported seeing a man matching Dorner's description at a local convenience store. As the officers investigated the report, they were confronted by Dorner who fired on both officers, injuring one, in the city of Corona. Shortly afterwards, two Riverside police officers were ambushed while stopped in their marked patrol unit at a traffic light in the city of Riverside. Officer Michael Crain, 34, a former U.S. Marine and an 11-year veteran of the Riverside police department died shortly after the shooting. The other officer was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition for surgery.

On February 7, the burning remains of Dorner's vehicle, a dark gray 2005 Nissan Titan truck, were located on a remote fire trail near Big Bear Lake. The truck had a broken axle and Dorner apparently fled on foot. In the truck were the burnt remains of weapons and survival gear including two long-range rifles with silencers, night-vision goggles and a gas mask.[7]

One week into the manhunt a million dollar reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner.[8]

Final confrontation

San Bernardino deputies responded to a report of a carjacking of a white Dodge truck at 12:22 PM (PST) and began looking for the vehicle on the ground and from the air. The car driver was not harmed. California Fish and Game officers were first to spot the car with Dorner. Dorner shot two San Bernardino sheriff's deputies in the area of Big Bear Lake, California. The deputies were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where one died and the other was alive and in surgery. The shootout began after deputies responded. The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department said Dorner was barricaded in a cabin and the building was surrounded by law enforcement.

A three-mile perimeter was set up around the cabin and residents were told to remain inside with their doors locked. According to former assistant director of the FBI, tear gas was launched into the cabin. Police officers were heard on scanners discussing their decision to go with the “burn plan”[9] [10] The cabin erupted in flames and one shot was heard. As the fire continued, ammunition was exploding from within the cabin. No one at any time ever emerged from the cabin during the fire. Dorner died in the cabin and his body was removed.

Other dissident and revolutionary groups that died in a fiery confrontation with authorities were Symbionese Liberation Army 1974 in Los Angeles, MOVE 1981 in Philadelphia, and Bob Mathews 1984 on Whidbey Island, Washington.


Dorner's rambling manifesto which first appeared on his Facebook page threatened members of the LAPD along with their families. In the manifesto Dorner also praised politicians and news media personalities that he likes. For a sampling see here: [1] In the manifesto Dorner embraces liberal social issues by endorsing homosexual marriage and the banning of assault weapons.[11]

Christopher Dorner on Gun Control:

Who in there right mind needs a fucking silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!! Mia Farrow said it best. “Gun control is no longer debatable, it’s not a conversation, its a moral mandate.[12]

Family and relationships

Christopher Dorner lived in La Palma, California with his mother, Nancy Ann Dorner, and his sister Natasha. Nancy Dorner is bi-racial: black and white background.[13] Nancy Dorner is CIC certified nurse and Director Of Infection Control at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Anaheim.

In April 2007 Christopher Dorner married April Carter of Long Beach in a ceremony in Las Vegas.[14] A few days later they filed a joint petition for summary dissolution of the marriage.[15] However there are no records showing the divorce was ever finalized.[16] April Carter (born 1967) is seen here on Dorner’s Facebook page. [2]

Dorner was frequently seen visiting her home on Dawson Avenue[17] and was last seen there wearing military fatigues the day before the Irvine shootings.[18] April Carter is a deputy sheriff and reportedly works at the Twin Towers County Jail in downtown Los Angeles.[19]

One of Dorner's girlfriends, Ariana Williams, called him "severely emotionally and mentally disturbed" and "twisted".[20] She also said he hates himself for being black.[21] Ariana Williams who is also black said Dorner wanted her to act more like a white woman.

In his manifesto he accused another girlfriend, Thaniya Sungruenyos who is an officer in the LAPD, of attempting to access his credit union account online. Dorner sought a protective order against her stating he was in fear of his life and that she might kill him.[22]


Dorner purchased a home in 2007 at 724 Loughton Street in a residential area of Las Vegas. In December 2012 he went into default on the loan.[23] Previously he purchased a home in the same area on Boston Springs Avenue that went into default in 2010.[24]


  1. CBS News National Security Consultant Says Capturing Dorner Will Be A Tricky Task
  2. Professional success eluded Dorner
  3. Christopher Dorner left the Navy days before Irvine shooting, was a decorated officer
  4. Court File: LA Ex-Cop Was Disturbed, Self-Obsessed
  5. Christopher Dorner’s Anger Began Seven Years Ago
  6. Dorner had history of complaints against fellow LAPD officers
  7. Manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner drags on in the California mountains
  8. Massive reward offer for Christopher Dorner
  9. Christopher Dorner: 'police discuss burn plan' - audio
  10. Chris Dorner standoff: Cops urge burning of cabin (vulgar language)
  11. Manifesto Of Alleged Cop Killer Endorses Legalizing Gay Marriage And Banning Assault Weapons
  12. Imagine If Christopher Dorner Was a Tea Party Member
  13. LAPD manhunt: Christopher Dorner's promising career ended with angry manifesto, fugitive status
  14. Dorner’s Ex-Wife Was Reportedly ‘Embarrassed’ By Brief Marriage
  15. Christopher Dorner ex-wife details come to light
  16. No weapons found in ex-LA cop's Vegas home
  17. Dorner stopped visiting ex-wife's home months ago, neighbor says
  18. Long Beach Woman Reportedly Was Married to Dorner
  19. Dorner's Ex-Wife April Carter: There Is a Twin Tower Connection
  20. Christopher Dorner was "disturbed" and "twisted," former cop's ex-girlfriend says
  21. Court File: LA Ex-Cop Was Disturbed, Self-Obsessed
  22. Christopher Dorner Alleged That Threat by Girlfriend Left Him "In Fear For My Life"
  23. Professional success eluded Dorner
  24. Long Beach Woman Reportedly Was Married to Dorner

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