Hundreds of police officers and numerous helicopters are combing through Southern California in search of Christopher Dorner. Investigators believe Dorner shot and killed a fellow officer before fleeing.
Strong winter storms have covered up Dorner’s tracks, which has made it harder for officers to track his movement.
Dorner killed the officer and then killed another officer’s daughter and fiance. Investigators say Dorner was upset for what he believed was an unjustified firing.
Catching Dorner is important because of his vendetta against the Los Angeles Police Department. Dorner left behind an 11-page manifesto in which he promised to target police officers and their families. In his manifesto Dorner wrote:
“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.
“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours.”
Officers had focused their manhunt near the Barona Indian Reservation; however, it was later revealed that a tip called into their hotline was likely a hoax.
Dorner is a military trained marksman who knows how to cover his tracks. Police on Thursday afternoon found his pickup truck torched near Big Bear Lake, approximately 100 miles east of his shootings in Los Angeles.
Along with helicopters, hundreds of police officers began conducting door-to-door searches in the hopes of turning up a lead.
Officers warn that an approaching snowstorm could make it even more difficult to find Christopher Dorner if he is hiding in the areas mountainous terrain. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the area, with up to 10 inches of snow possible. With 50 mph winds possible visibility could be reduced to a quarter-mile.
Authorities are worried that Dorner could continue his killing spree against area police if he is not arrested in the near future.