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OC Deputies to Double Up Patrol Units During Manhunt

Orange County Sheriff's Department patrol officers will travel in pairs during the overnight manhunt for Christopher Jordan Dorner, an ex-cop suspected of shooting two police officers during an ongoing murder spree.

In response to a request from the Orange County sheriff's union, deputies in patrol cars tonight will be paired with a partner for the duration of the massive manhunt for an allegedly revenge-bent former cop suspected in two murders in Irvine and the ambush killing of a Riverside police officer.

Tom Dominguez, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, sent a letter to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens requesting two deputies per patrol unit during the hunt for Christopher Jordan Dorner.

Sheriff's officials responded by ordering two-deputy patrols that began at 6 p.m., according to Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the association.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said the department "has a tactical plan, but we don't want to release the specifics on it."

Dominguez wrote in his letter, "Dorner is a highly trained marksman who has already demonstrated his propensity for killing innocent people. He has made it clear law enforcement officers and their families are fair game."

Noting a statewide officer safety alert, Dominguez added, "We must do everything we can to keep our deputies safe as they assist in this critical operation to find Dorner before any more innocent lives are lost."

Dominguez said many other law enforcement agencies have switched to two- deputy patrols.

"The safety of our deputies must remain a priority as they engage in this extraordinarily dangerous endeavor," he wrote.

Dorner was identified Wednesday night as the suspect in the slayings of 28-year-old Monica Quan, a college basketball coach, and her 27-year-old fiance, USC safety officer Keith Lawrence, who were found shot to death at 9:10 p.m. Sunday in a parked car at 2100 Scholarship in Irvine. They were inside Lawrence's Kia, which was parked at the top of the five-story parking structure for the building where they lived.

According to police, Quan was the daughter of a retired Los Angeles Police Department captain who represented Dorner at the Board of Rights hearing that led to his firing. Investigators believe the killings were carried out in an act of revenge outlined in a lengthy manifesto Dorner posted online -- blaming Quan's father for losing his job.

Dorner, who served in the Navy, is also a suspect in the shooting of an LAPD officer near Interstate 15 and Magnolia Avenue in Corona early today. The officer, who was en route to provide protection to a person named in the manifesto, suffered a graze wound to the head.

About 20 minutes later, Dorner is suspected of ambushing two Riverside officers while they were stopped at a red light at Magnolia and Arlington avenues, according to Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint, who said the two were on "routine patrol" and were not searching for Dorner at the time.

A 34-year-old, 11-year veteran of the Riverside force was killed. The wounded officer, who is 27 years old, underwent surgery and is expected to fully recover, Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz said.

- City News Service

J. Billman February 11, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I am at work and am feeling like a coward for what I am doing, but when you read about the NSA and hwo they are building huge facilities in places like Utah to house this massive amount of all social network interaction and not targeting anyone in particular, just saving it all for a "rainy day" to be used and interpreted in any way that suits their purpose, you begin to realize that our citizenry is slowly being drawn into a net that grows ever smaller and ever more threatening... big government, for some time, Republican and Democrats alike, have sought to control our rights and activities in ever more subtle and secretive ways. It is frightening and not what our founding fathers had in mind, I think you will agree.
Joker Joe February 11, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I saw a blurp on tv of the vehicle in the shooting. It was about 4 seconds and it was shot from a distance so that is what I interpreted. I now see it on the net and that car was riddled by the police and seven officers. These officers have to be taught how to control their guns. Those people, 2 women. should of been dead instead of wounded by all those bullets. The cops were terrible marksmen. The women were ONLY wounded. What a disgrace for the police department. What ever happened to "GUN CONTROL"!!!! Again!!!! STAY OUTA TORRANCE if you want to live.
JustUs February 11, 2013 at 05:45 PM
NSA? Oh yes. The intelligence gathering agency that targeted foreign governments. Now it appears it has turned it's efforts inward against the very people that fully fund it's agency. Nice, eh? Is this the start of the 4th Reich?
Joker Joe February 11, 2013 at 06:23 PM
It is not just in Ca. These people in LE need a reality check. http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/atfs-fearless-storefront-had-little-to-ward-off-burglars-im8l7o4-190564791.html
JustUs February 11, 2013 at 06:39 PM
"Again!!!! STAY OUTA TORRANCE if you want to live." Not just Torrance. LAPD patrols throughout Los Angeles. I suggest not to cross the county line or get anywhere close to LA proper. Go south instead.

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