The LAPD has offered a $1 million reward for any information that may lead to the capture of murder suspect Christopher Dorner. Detectives have been receiving hundreds of tips about his whereabouts. Whit Johnson reports from downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2013.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the search for a fired LAPD officer wanted for three shooting deaths — including the daughter of a former police department captain — are following up on more 600 tips from the public in an investigation that includes a $1 million reward.
At a Monday morning news conference, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman said the clues were related to possible sightings and other information regarding the location of 33-year-old Christopher Dorner, accused of killing daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiance Feb. 3 before Thursday's shooting death of a Riverside police officer. Dorner outlined his plans for a revenge plot targeting law enforcement agents and their families in an 11,400-word document posted online, according to investigators.
"We will follow up on every clue we receive," Neiman said. "We have to prioritize. Obviously, 600 clues is a lot to sort through. Those will be followed up on immediately, others maybe not quite as readily."
Neiman was asked whether he thought the leads were generated by the $1 million reward announced Sunday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Dorner, a former Navy reservist who was fired from the LAPD in 2008.
"It's my hope the public would do everything they can," Neiman said. "If the million dollar reward is stimulating additional clues, all the better."
At a 3 p.m. news conference, Neiman stressed the importance of circulating the latest photos of Dorner: "We are making progress every day and we will continue to do so, but we need your help."
"Just imagine what it's like to be at home and have your family targeted because of the job you chose to do," he said.
Neiman's updates came on the same day that the Riverside County District Attorney's Office announced a murder charge against Dorner in the shooting death of Riverside Officer Michael Crain.
As for search locations, teams on the ground and in the air continued the manhunt Monday in the Big Bear area. Dorner's burned-out Nissan Titan pickup was found south of Big Bear Lake Thursday, just hours after the "ambush-style" shooting death of Riverside Officer Michael Crain.
There have been no reported sightings of Dorner in the Big Bear area, but authorities still consider the San Bernardino Mountain resort community a "critical" location in the investigation. Agents are searching vacation homes and government lease cabins in remote areas.
The mountain area has been one of the primary locations in the manhunt, which has included San Diego and Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.
Dorner was identified Wednesday as a suspect in the Feb. 3 shooting deaths of Monica Quan, 28, and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence, 27. Dorner repeatedly refers to Quan's father as being involved in his 2008 firing from the LAPD.
Hours after the announcement, LAPD officers providing a security detail for one of the subjects mentioned in Dorner's manifesto encountered him early Thursday in Corona. About 20 minutes later, Crain and his partner were "ambushed" by Dorner in Riverside, authorities said.
Chief Charlie Beck said Sunday that the LAPD plans to reopen the case involving Dorner's firing after he reported another officer for alleged brutality. Investigators later said Dorner's accusation was false.