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Officers from various agencies were searching for Christopher Dorner, an LA police officer accused of carrying out a killing ...
spree. Clint Van Zandt, Former Supervisor in FBI's Profiling Unit, says he could be one of the most dangerous fugitives. (Feb. 8)
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DURATION: 2:48----------------------------------------SHOTLISTAP TELEVISION -- AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington -- February 8, 20131. SOUNDBITE: CLINT VAN ZANDT, Former Supervisor, FBI's Profiling Unit: "Christopher Dorner is probably one of the most dangerous fugitives that law enforcement has gone after in recent times. The challenge is, with his law enforcement and military background, he's very competent with weapons."2. Two handout photos Christopher DornerAP TELEVISION -- AP CLIENTS ONLYMONROVIA, CALIFORNIA -- February 8, 20133. SOUNDBITE: TIM RUTTEN, Journalist and former police reporter: "He claims to have in what he calls his cache, in his manifesto, are at least two 50 caliber sniper rifles which are the most powerful shoulder fired arms that the U.S. Military deploys."AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYBig Bear Lake, Calif. - Feb. 8, 20134. Various of law enforcement vehicles5. Two handout photos Christopher DornerAP TELEVISION -- AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington -- February 8, 20136. SOUNDBITE: CLINT VAN ZANDT, Former Supervisor, FBI's Profiling Unit: "he's terminated from the police department, he's terminated from the Navy, now he sees himself as the revenging terminator and he's out there looking for cops with targets on their backs."AP TELEVISION -- AP CLIENTS ONLYMONROVIA, CALIFORNIA -- February 8, 20137. SOUNDBITE: TIM RUTTEN, Journalist and former police reporter: "I've talked to longtime friends and aquatences over the last few day and there's a palpable tension."AP TELEVISION -- AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington -- February 8, 20138. SOUNDBITE: CLINT VAN ZANDT, Former Supervisor, FBI's Profiling Unit: "The police department has thrown down the glove, Mr. Dorner has thrown down the glove and now we have to see who is going to win this ultimate emotional psychological and physical challenge between one man, this Don Quiote type of figur ein his own mind who is taking his lance and horse, in this case perhaps a semi-automatic rifle and rocket launcher and going after the entire law enforcement community because he holds them all responsible for his losses in life."AP TELEVISION -- AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington -- February 8, 20139. Wide shot CLINT VAN ZANDT, Former Supervisor, FBI's Profiling Unit: 10. SOUNDBITE: CLINT VAN ZANDT, Former Supervisor, FBI's Profiling Unit: "This guy knows and he knows and he knows that he's killed two people, he's killed a cop for third the person, he's wounded a police officer, he knows he will never see the light of day as a free man again. And there's no way we're going to get him otherwise. So the only situation is does he want to go out on his own time, on his own means? And that's what law enforcement is trying to figure right now. Not only where would he run to, where would he try to hide, but is there any way to reach him psychologically other than wait for him to shoot another cop. That's the challenge right now."STORYLINE:Law enforcement officers working in falling snow searched a Southern California mountain Friday for the former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job. More than 100 officers from various agencies were searching for Christopher Dorner in the Big Bear Lake region of the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. Clint Van Zandt, Former Supervisor in FBI's Profiling Unit tells the AP Dorner "is probably one of the most dangerous fugitives that law enforcement has gone after in recent times." SWAT teams were driven up snowbound roads on Snowcat tractors and armored personnel carriers equipped with snow chains, he said, but helicopters with heat-sensing technology were grounded because of the storm. Visibility was low as clouds shrouded Big Bear' towering, forested peaks.A search of dozens of homes in the Big Bear community failed to find Dorner and the search was concentrating farther back in the mountains, near and above the place where his burnt-out pickup truck was found on Thursday, the sheriff said. Officers followed what appeared to be Dorner's tracks from the truck but lost them on the frozen ground, McMahon said. A couple of reported sightings of Dorner didn't pan out and "we have no information that he's come down into the community at all," McMahon said.The search would go on through the weekend unless there's evidence that Dorner has left the area, he said.Big Bear Lake Mayor Jay Obernolte said there's been no panic in the community. The mayor said the decision to open the area's ski resorts followed assurances that the suspect "does not pose a substantial threat." The sheriff said the areas near the slopes had been searched by SWAT officers.In San Diego County, up to 16 sheriff's deputies spent the night surrounding and searching a rural home after a hoaxer reported Dorner was there. There were people at home but Dorner wasn't one of them, said Lt. Jason Rothlein. Investigators have a pretty good idea who made the call and will seek criminal charges, he said.Though the focus is on the resort area, the search for Dorner, 33, stretches across California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico. LAPD officers are especially on edge because Dorner promised in rambling writings to bring "warfare" to police and their families.Dorner, also a former Naval reservist and onetime college running back, was fired from the LAPD years ago. Albanese said it's not known why the violence is occurring now.The saga began Sunday night, when Monica Quan, the daughter of a former Los Angeles police captain, and fiance Keith Lawrence were found shot in their car at a parking structure at their condominium in Irvine. Quan was an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton. The following morning in National City, near San Diego, some of Dorner's belongings, including police equipment and paperwork with names related to the LAPD, were found in a trash bin.The LAPD was notified of the find, and two days later informed Irvine police of an angry manifesto written by a former officer and posted on Facebook. Among those named as targets was Quan's father, Randal Quan, the former LAPD captain who became an attorney who represented Dorner in his unsuccessful attempts to keep the police job he lost in 2008 for making false statements.On Wednesday night, Irvine and Los Angeles police announced they were searching for Dorner, declaring him armed and "extremely dangerous." Hours later, they learned they were all too correct.Two LAPD officers en route to provide security to one of Dorner's possible targets were flagged down by a resident who reported seeing the suspect early Thursday at a gas station in Corona. The officers then followed a pickup truck until it stopped. The driver, believed to be Dorner, got out and fired a rifle, police said. A bullet grazed an officer's head.Later, two officers on routine patrol in neighboring Riverside were ambushed at a stoplight by a motorist who drove up next to them and opened fire with a rifle. One died and the other was seriously wounded but was expected to survive, said Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz.Thousands of heavily armed officers patrolled highways throughout Southern California, while some stood guard outside the homes of people police said Dorner vowed to attack. Electronic billboards, which usually alert motorists about the commute, urged them to call 911 if they saw him.While in the Naval Reserves, Dorner earned a rifle marksman ribbon and pistol expert medal. He was assigned to a naval undersea warfare unit and various aviation training units, according to military records, taking a leave from the LAPD to be deployed to Bahrain in 2006 and 2007.He wrote that he would "utilize every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordinance and survival training I've been given," the manifesto read.The hunt led to two errant shootings in the pre-dawn darkness Thursday.LAPD officers guarding a target named in the manifesto shot and wounded two women in suburban Torrance who were in a pickup truck delivering newspapers. Investigators said Maggie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were in a Toyota Tacoma, similar to Dorner's Nissan Titan. Carranza had minor hand injuries. Hernandez was hospitalized with a gunshot wound in the back. A lawyer said they had no warning. Minutes later, Torrance officers responding to a report of gunshots encountered a dark pickup matching the description of Dorner's, police said. A collision occurred and the officers fired on the pickup. The unidentified driver was not hit and it turned out not to be the suspect vehicle, they said.In San Diego, where police said Dorner tied up an elderly man and unsuccessfully tried to steal his boat Wednesday night, Naval Base Point Loma was locked down Thursday after a Navy worker reported seeing someone who resembled Dorner.Navy Cmdr. Brad Fagan said officials believe Dorner had checked into a base hotel on Tuesday and left the next day without checking out. Numerous agencies guarded the base on Thursday. Fagan said Dorner was honorably discharged and that his last day in the Navy was last Friday.Nevada authorities also joined the search, because Dorner owns a house nine miles from the Las Vegas Strip.Dorner's writings suggested he did not expect to live through the ordeal."Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared," he wrote at one point in his manifesto, later saying, "Self-preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as I died long ago."