LOS ANGELES – Christopher Dorner, the embittered former Los Angeles cop on the run since last week, was charged Monday with murder in California, as authorities said he may have fled south into Mexico.
The 33-year-old, who posted a chilling online manifesto threatening to kill policemen and their families over his 2008 firing, was charged over the killing of officer Michael Crain, a 34-year-old father of two.
Dorner was also charged with three counts of attempted murder, for allegedly shooting at three other officers, said Paul Zellerbach, district attorney for Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.
Dorner, a 180-cm-tall naval reservist, is accused of killing a couple on Feb. 3, then ambushing two policemen last Thursday, including Crain. He also injured another officer before going on the run.
The disgruntled ex-cop threatened to murder police and their families in a rambling manifesto posted online last week, pledging to “bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.”