A Lompoc police captain is named in a lengthy, rambling manifesto posted online under the name of a former Los Angeles police officer who is suspected in three fatal shootings, including a police officer early today in the Riverside area.
The shootings have sparked a statewide manhunt for Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is believed to be heavily armed and extremely dangerous.
The Lompoc Police Department is taking unspecified safety precautions as a result, Chief Larry Ralston said this morning. Ralston would not elaborate, saying the safety of Capt. Donald Deming and his family are the top priority.
Deming is named in the manifesto as someone who might support Dorner’s competence and his ability to write reports.
“We don’t know if there’s a threat,” Ralston said. “This guy is obviously deranged and has something going on. We’re taking every safety precaution we can, because we don’t know what’s going on in this guy’s head. He’s already taken out police officers. We’d rather be safe than sorry.”
Ralston said the department and Deming are keeping in regular contact with the Los Angeles Police Department and their command post.
Deming worked with Dorner at the Los Angeles Police Department, where he was employed for 20 years before coming to Lompoc in 2008, Ralston said. He added that he didn’t know the specifics of their relationship.
Ralston said there’s no indication that Dorner is in the area.
Dorner was with the Los Angeles department from 2005 until 2008, when he was fired for making false statements.
Authorities this morning issued a statewide “officer safety warning” and police were sent to protect people named in the posting that was believed to be written by Dorner, who has military training. Among those mentioned were members of the Los Angeles Police Department.
“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” said the manifesto.
In San Diego, where Dorner allegedly tied up an elderly man and unsuccessfully tried to steal his boat Wednesday night, Naval Base Point Loma is locked down today, according to the Associated Press. Navy spokesman Kevin Dixon said a Navy person reported someone matching Dorner’s description in the area. Dozens of local police, sheriff’s deputies and federal agents were at the base.
Nevada authorities are also looking for Dorner because he owns a house nine miles from the Las Vegas Strip, according to authorities and court records.
Authorities said the U.S. Navy reservist may be driving a blue 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck.
Dorner is wanted in the killings of Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, who were found shot in their car at a parking structure at their condominium Sunday night in Irvine, authorities said.
Quan, 28, was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton. Lawrence, 27, was a public safety officer at the University of Southern California. There was disbelief at three college campuses, Fullerton, USC, and Concordia University, where the two met when they were both students and basketball players.
Quan’s father, a former LAPD captain who became a lawyer in retirement, represented Dorner in front of the Board of Rights, a tribunal that ruled against Dorner at the time of his dismissal, LAPD Capt. William Hayes told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Randal Quan retired in 2002. He later served as chief of police at Cal Poly Pomona before he started practicing law.
According to documents from a court of appeals hearing in October 2011, Dorner was fired from the LAPD after he made a complaint against his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans. Dorner said that in the course of an arrest, Evans kicked suspect Christopher Gettler, a schizophrenic with severe dementia.
Richard Gettler, the schizophrenic man’s father, gave testimony that supported Dorner’s claim. After his son was returned on July 28, 2007, Richard Gettler asked “if he had been in a fight because his face was puffy” and his son responded that he was kicked twice in the chest by a police officer.
Early today, the first shooting occurred in Corona and involved two LAPD officers working a security detail, LAPD Sgt. Alex Baez. One officer was grazed.
Later, two officers on routine patrol in neighboring Riverside were ambushed at a stop light, said Riverside Lt. Guy Toussaint. One died and the other was in surgery. The officers shot were not actively looking for Dorner, Toussaint said.
Dorner’s LAPD badge and an ID were found near San Diego’s airport and were turned in to police early today, San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.