Statewide manhunt for ex-LAPD officer who allegedly killed couple, police officer for their ‘racism’; Updated: SWAT team searching Big Bear

Former LA police officer Christopher Dorner is wanted by California law enforcement authorities for allegedly murdering an Irvine couple on Sunday and shooting police officers early this morning, killing one. The California Highway Patrol has issued a statewide alert:

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In Dorner’s purported manifesto, he insists that this situation could have been prevented by a “well regulated” assault weapons ban, and he includes the names of officers he believes to be racist. Those officers and their families are now being protected. Dorner does not appear to have any reservations about killing as many people as he deems is necessary:

Outside agencies and individual officers on patrol. If you recognize my vehicle, and confirm it is my vehicle thru a dmv/want warrant check. It behoves you to respond to dispatch that your query was for information purposes only. If you proceed with a traffic stop or attempt to notify other officers of my location or for backup you will not live to see the medal of valor you were hoping to receive for your actions. Think before you attempt to intervene. You will not survive. Your family will receive that medal of valor posthumously. It will gather dust on the fireplace mantel for years. Then one day, it will go in a shoe box with other memories. Your mother will lose a son or daughter. Your significant other will be left alone, but they will find someone else to fill your void in the future and make them just as happy. Your children, if you have them, will call someone else mommy or daddy. Don’t be selfish. Your vest is only a level II or IIIA, think about it.

Dorner’s badge was discovered earlier this morning in San Diego:

And, according to the manifesto, he does not expect to be taken alive:

If possible, I want my brain preserved for science/research to study the effects of severe depression on an individual’s brain. Since 6/26/08 when I was relieved of duty and 1/2/09 when I was terminated I have been afflicted with severe depression. I’ve had two CT scans during my lifetime that are in my medical record at Kaiser Permanente. Both are from concussions resulting from playing football. The first one was in high school, 10/96. The second was in college and occurred in 10/99. Both were conducted at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in LA/Orange county. These two CT scans should give a good baseline for my brain activity before severe depression began in late 2008.

The manifesto is extremely politically charged and includes death wishes for NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre and praise for actor Christoph Waltz, Piers Morgan, Michelle Obama, and NBC anchors.

A press conference is scheduled for later today.

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Update:

Dorner may have attempted to steal a boat and flee to Mexico:

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Update:

The search has reportedly been expanded to Las Vegas:

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Update:

In a press conference, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck confirmed that Dorner attempted to steal a boat but was unsuccessful. He also revealed the Dorner may have switched license plates.

San Diego police have also confirmed that a suspect matching Dorner’s description is barricaded in a Point Loma hotel:

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Update:

It appears that the man barricaded in the hotel was not Dorner:

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Update:

At a second press conference, Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz revealed that the officer killed by Dorner was a 34-year-old man.

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Update:

Police have confirmed that a burned-out pickup truck found in Big Bear, Calif.

At least one person has reported the sound of shots being fired in the area of the manhunt, but that has not been confirmed.

Twitchy will continue to monitor this story and update with developments.

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