Killer former cop sought in California

AFP-JIJI

More than 100 police searched the snow-blanketed California mountains Saturday for a former police officer accused of three murders after his car was found nearby, reportedly with an arsenal of weapons and a broken axle.

Police are hunting for Christopher Dorner, a 33-year-old disgruntled former Los Angeles Police Department member who had threatened to kill police officers in a chilling online manifesto.

The search has focused on cabins above the ski resort of Big Bear, two hours east of Los Angeles, where Dorner’s burned-out pickup truck was found in nearby woods. Police believe Dorner abandoned the truck after its axle broke. A lot of weapons and survival gear were found inside the truck.

California authorities launched the manhunt Thursday. Dorner, a naval reservist suspected of killing a couple Feb. 3, ambushed two policemen early Thursday, killing one. He also injured another officer in a separate incident.

In an Internet manifesto threatening police officers and their families, Dorner pledged to “bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.” The LAPD, backed by agencies including the FBI, is protecting more than 40 potential targets, some of whom were identified in Dorner’s rambling manifesto.

Los Angeles police said Saturday that they would reopen a probe that led to the dismissal of the fugitive for what he believed was his unfair firing.