Million-Dollar Reward for Dorner’s Conviction

Also announced Sunday was the name of the Riverside police officer slain on Thursday.

A $1 million reward is now offered for information leading to the conviction of accused cop-killer Christopher Jordan Dorner, as 50 Los Angeles police officers and their families are being watched and guarded against attack by an ex-cop on a murderous campaign of revenge.

And police Sunday for the first time revealed that Richard Crain, 34, was the Riverside police officer killed Thursday, apparently by Dorner. Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz said his name had been withheld until Sunday because of fears that Dorner might harm his surviving family, Diaz said.

LAPD chief Charlie Beck said search efforts Sunday were still focused on the snowy mountains of Big Bear, where Dorner apparently abandoned his pickup truck and set it afire Thursday.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the reward money is being put up by “business, unions, government, law enforcement and community groups.”

The LA police chief called it the largest award ever offered locally. Some have asked why such a large reward.

“This is an act of domestic terrorism,” Beck said. “This is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect the public.

“This is not about capturing a suspect, this is about preventing a future attack, maybe a murder,” the chief said.

LAPD resources were stretched Sunday, as the department not only searched for Dorner but grappled with logistics of providing security for 50 LAPD officers’ homes and families.

At the news conference in Los Angeles, the Riverside chief said it was time to identify the slain officer publicly, with a funeral pending Wednesday.

“There are several news outlets that have had that information (the name) because they have figured it out on their own, we are very, very grateful to you that you have embargoed that,” Diaz said.

“This individual has already shown and stated that the families of police officers are fair game.”

Dorner, nursing a grudge about his dismissal from the force, last Sunday apparently killed the daughter of a policeman and her fiance in Irvine. On Thursday, he apparently was involved in shootouts with Los Angeles police guarding an officer’s home in Corona, where police were shot at but not hit.

Crane and his partner were ambushed by a gunman later that morning in Riverside. The partner was wounded; his name is still withheld.

The unprecedented reward kitty must still be approved by several agencies, including city councils and county boards of supervisors across Southern California.

Los Angeles County supervisors Mike Antonovich and Mark Ridley-Thomas agreed to make the request at the next Board of Supervisors meeting, on Tuesday, Antonovich’s spokesman told City News Service.

-City News Service

Paul w February 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Bren, the day will be great when Democrats can stop blaming Bush (it's only been 4 plus years...). What you're not taking into account is the REAL unemployment rate, that you'll never see reported by the media (the people who gave up finding jobs, etc).
Lamesn619 February 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Old white men" built this country huh? There lies the problem. I pay my taxes and i'm not going to do the LAPD job for them. Find dorner youself!
Batman February 11, 2013 at 11:31 PM
The reason they wanted to get rid of him is he had pattern of blowing his stack, over nothing. Dorner has driven himself insane with his own anger. LAPD has 10,000 cops. Dorner can't be the only one who has seen and objects to the foul practices. I too suspect he has an accomplice, and I suspect the accomplice drove his truck up the mountain and set it on fire. Dorner could be hiding right here in San Diego. Dorner will kill himself one way or another and probably sooner than later. Well trained - yes, well armed - yes, tenacious - yes, rational - no. Dorner's soul died before he was ever fired from the PD, a victim of his own uncontrolled anger.
Paul w February 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Hhahahaha, Thank you Batman!


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