LOS ANGELES (KPIX 5) – As an ex-cop, Christopher Dorner knows the police playbook back-to-front, which makes the job of tracking and taking him down even tougher.
He’s believed to be well-armed and wearing body armor, but his greatest weapon may be his police and military training. Dorner is a Navy veteran, and an expert marksman.
“He’s already killed some people so he’s not just talking about it, he’s taken action and he has the wherewithal, the experience, the equipment, to do something about it,” said former FBI agent Rick Smith, now the head of Cannon Street Investigations in San Francisco.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr has put all of his officers on notice. “He knows what we do, how we train … He’s already said he’s not afraid to die.”
Dorner frequently referred to his advantage over police in his online manifesto. “The violence of action will be high … Whatever pre-planned responses you have established for a scenario like me, shelve it … I am a walking exigent circumstance with no off or reset button.”
“Think before you attempt to intervene. You will not survive.”
“This is pretty much a police officer’s worst nightmare,” said Chief Suhr.
Smith said the police does have two key advantages: Their personal knowledge about Dorner, and sheer manpower. “So their strategy is to think ahead of him and use all the resources law enforcement has,” said Smith. “He’s one person.”
Smith also said not to expect a peaceful ending. “This guy is deranged and he’s emotional. I don’t think there’s any argument you can make, any appeal to him, other than turn himself in, if he runs out of gas.”
In his manifesto, Dorner also asked that his brain be preserved to study the effects of severe depression.
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