Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa offered a $1 million reward on Sunday for any information leading to the arrest of suspected killer Christopher Dorner.
Dorner, a former member of the LAPD who is accused of killing three people earlier this month, has evaded police in California for the last week. Villaraigosa said that the police department’s confidence was “unshaken” and that he was confident that Dorner would be brought in soon.
“Our dedication to catch this killer remains steadfast We will not tolerate anyone undermining the security of this community … We will not tolerate this reign of terror.”
According to CBS, the money was collected from several local groups. Riverside City Mayor Rusty Bailey said that it was “easy” to collect the money due to the extreme nature of the situation.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said that the $1 million reward was the “largest local reward ever offered to our knowledge.”
Beck said that the department decided to offer a $1 million reward to make sure that Dorner didn’t kill again. In Dorner’s manifesto, which was published earlier this week, he says that he plans to enact vengeance on the LAPD and kill dozens of more people.
“(This reward is) not about capturing a fleeing suspect, but about preventing another crime, likely another murder. This is an act of domestic terrorism … He has targeted those we entrust to protect the public.”
Here’s a video of the press conference.