Christopher Dorner reportedly sent a package to Anderson Cooper on February 1, though the CNN host was not aware of its existence until Thursday.
Dorner is the accused Los Angeles cop killer who was fired from the LAPD in 2008. Police say he went on a shooting rampage on Thursday.
The former Navy soldier previously threatened to harm LAPD officers and their families in an online manifesto. The Huffington Post reports that CNN revealed the existence of the package on Thursday during The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
Blitzer explained that Dorner “reached out directly to CNN.” He added, “The package arrived on the first of February and was opened by Cooper’s assistant.”
The package contained a hand-labeled DVD with a yellow Post-It note that read, in part, “I never lied.” The statement appears to refer to the reason Dorner was fired. He also sent a coin wrapped in duct tape.
The coin was inscribed with, “Thanks but no thanks, Will Bratton” (former LAPD chief) and “IMOA” (Imagine a More Open America). The coin is typically given as an LAPD souvenir and was sported several bullet holes.
The Los Angeles Times notes that Cooper appeared on the show with Blitzer to talk about the package as well. The CNN host stated:
“The staff, my staff at ’360′ and CNN management and myself were made aware of the package just today. And upon, obviously, learning this exists, we alerted Mr. Bratton and law enforcement … It’s a very strange thing.”
Christopher Dorner is wanted in connection with three killings. Officers in California have launched a manhunt for the former Navy soldier and former cop, who has extensive training. He is also thought to have an extensive arsenal at his disposal, making him dangerous.