Los Angeles and Southern California police shot and wounded two women during a massive manhunt for a former Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected of killing two people over the weekend and shooting three other officers.
The women were shot in suburban Torrance and were in a pickup truck that was very similar to suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner’s vehicle, but were not actually involved, reported The Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. Dorner, 33, was reported to still be at large as of Thursday morning.
“Now it appears neither of them are directly related,” Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said, according to the Times. At the time, officers believed the women were related to the matter.
Thousands of police were deployed around Los Angeles, Southern California, and Nevada as part of the manhunt. Police Chief Charlie Beck said that Dorner has several assault weapons at his disposal, and urged him to surrender.
“He knows what he’s doing,” L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters, reported CBS News. “We trained him. He was also a member of the armed forces. It is extremely worrisome and scary, especially for the police officers involved.”
“Nobody else needs to die,” Beck added, according to AP. Dorner killed a couple over the weekend and shot three other officers.
Dorner, a former member of the U.S. Navy reserves, was fired in 2009 for allegedly making false claims about his training partner.
Following the killings, Dorner posted an online manifesto against the LAPD and threatened to harm specific police officials.
“Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family. There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep,” he wrote, referring to several individuals, according to the Times. He added: “The violence of action will be high…. I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.”
“I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders and have taken drastic and shocking actions in the last couple of days,” he added further. But he claimed that this is “a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name.”
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