Former LAPD officer Christpher Dorner wanted by police for double homicide. (Photo: 9 News Denver)
LOS ANGELES, CA (CBS) -- A manhunt is underway in the Los Angeles area for a former police officer suspected of shooting three police officers overnight. He is also a suspect in a double-murder that happened earlier this week.
Police helicopters are flying over the communities of Riverside, and Corona, an hour's drive from Los Angeles. Three police officers were shot early today. One of them died. Investigators say the suspect is a former LAPD officer, and Navy Reservist named Christopher Dorner who posted an online manifesto threatening police officials and their families. Irvine Police Chief David Maggard says, "Dorner's whereabouts are currently unknown and we are asking for the public's help in finding him. We have strong cause to believe Dorner is armed and dangerous."
Dorner is also suspected of shooting and killing a college basketball coach, and her fiancée in a parking garage Sunday night. The father of the coach, Monica Quan, represented Dorner in front of a disciplinary board when Dorner was dismissed from the LAPD for making false statements. Police say he is out for revenge.
The Los Angeles police department has placed security at the homes of police officers named in Dorner's manifesto.
Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck ays more than 40 protection details have been assigned to possible targets of fired officer Christopher Dorner. Beck says the massive manhunt for Dorner may be the largest in the department's history.