LOS ANGELES — A fired police officer who threatened to bring “warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt Thursday.
The search for Christopher Dorner was focused on the area around Big Bear Lake, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, where police found his burned-out pickup.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said officers were going door to door looking for him. Schools were put on lockdown.
Throughout the day, thousands of heavily armed officers patrolled highways throughout Southern California, while some stood guard outside the homes of people police say Dorner vowed to attack in a rant posted online.
Dorner, 33, was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements. The search began after he was linked to a weekend killing in which one of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented him during his disciplinary hearing.