BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — Authorities in a Southern California ski resort town are searching more than 30 square miles day and night for a fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer charged with murdering an officer and accused of killing two others last week.
Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said Monday there are 30 deputies canvasing the Big Bear area and checking on roughly 600 cabins in the manhunt for 33-year-old Christopher Dorner.
Dorner’s burned-out truck was found late last week in the mountain resort with weapons and camping gear inside.
Prosecutors filed a murder charge against Dorner that could bring the death penalty in the killing of a Riverside police officer. He was charged with the attempted murder of three other officers.
Miller said authorities will continue to search the Big Bear area until Dorner is found or there’s evidence he’s there.
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Hundreds of tips prompted by a $1 million reward poured in to authorities seeking help finding the most wanted man in America, an ex-Los Angeles police officer who was charged Monday with murdering a policeman in Riverside.
With thousands of officers around Southern California searching for Christopher Dorner, prosecutors in Riverside announced charges for last week’s killing. Dorner also was charged with attempted murder for wounding another officer and firing at two others, Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach said.
Authorities obtained a no-bail arrest warrant, which allows Dorner to be apprehended anywhere, Zellerbach said.
The manhunt for Dorner, 33, began last Wednesday when he was named the suspect in the Orange County murders of a former Los Angeles police captain’s daughter and her fiance the previous weekend. Hours after police announced they were looking for him, Dorner first fired at two LAPD officers, then ambushed the Riverside officers.