Update 10:26 p.m.: Authorities are seeking a fired Los Angeles police officer suspected in the killings of two people, including a Cal State Fullerton basketball coach whose father represented the suspect in front of a disciplinary board when he lost his job, police said Wednesday night.
Former LAPD officer and U.S. Navy reservist Christopher JordanDorner is the suspect in the killings of Monica Quan, 28, and her 27-year-old fiancé Keith Lawrence, who were found shot to death in their car at a parking structure Sunday night, Irvine police Chief David L. Maggard said at a news conference.
Police said Dorner implicated himself in the killings with a multi-page "manifesto" that he wrote that included threats against several people, but would give no further details on the document or its contents.
Dorner was with the department from 2002 until 2009, when he was fired for making false statements.
Quan's father, Randal Quan, a former LAPD captain who became a lawyer in retirement, represented Donner in front of the Board of Rights, a tribunal that ruled against Donner at the time of his dismissal, LAPD Capt. William Hayes told The Associated Press Wednesday night.
Randal Quan, who the LAPD said was the first Chinese-American captain in department history, retired in 2002. He later served as chief of police at Cal Poly Pomona and went on to practice law.
Police said Dorner's manifesto included threats against members of the LAPD.
"We are looking at the manifesto and will do an assessment in terms of the threat against those listed in it, and determine what level of protection each of them will need," Hayes said.
Soon after Dorner was identified as the suspect in the killings, messages appeared on Twitter that linked to what may be the “manifesto” the Irvine Police said had led them to conclude that the ex-LAPD officer was the killer.
The Facebook message includes threats against LAPD personnel whom Dorner apparently encountered in the course of the department's disciplinary proceedings against him. It describes them as “high value targets” and goes on to promise “operations to destroy, exploit and seize designated targets.”
The targets include murder victim Michelle Quan's father, Randal Quan.
It also demands that the LAPD clear Dorner's name, saying in stark terms, “The attacks will stop when the department states the truth about my innocence, PUBLICLY!!!”
Wednesday night, the LAPD asked that news media redact the names contained in the “manifesto,” saying there is “great concern for the safety of those persons named in the document.”
—KPCC editor Nick Roman contributed to this report.
Update 9:20 p.m.: Police said Wednesday night they are looking for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in the shootings of a Cal State Fullerton basketball coach and her fiancé, and they say the man is armed and dangerous.
Former LAPD officer and U.S. Navy reservist Christopher Jordan Dorner is a suspect in the killings of Monica Quan, 28, and Keith Lawrence, 27, who were found shot to death in their car at a parking structure Sunday night, Irvine police Chief David L. Maggard said at a news conference.
Meanwhile, the LAPD issued a statement (embedded below) confirming that threats had been made against its officers.
Maggard says Dorner implicated himself in the killings with a multi-page manifesto he wrote that was obtained by police, but no further details were given on the manifesto or its contents.
Police do not know Dorner's whereabouts, and authorities were seeking the public's help in finding the suspect.
"We have strong cause to believe Dorner is armed and dangerous," Maggard said, adding anyone who sees the suspect should immediately call 911.
Speaking at a Wednesday night news conference, Maggard asked for the public's help in finding Dorner. Irvine police have set up a tip line (949) 724-7192 and an email address to send any information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dorner was described as being 6 feet tall, about 270 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Police said he may be driving a blue, 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck (Calif. license plate 7XO3191), and his last known address was in La Palma, Calif.
Dorner was an LAPD officer until his dismissal in 2009.
According to documents from a court of appeals hearing in October 2011, Dorner was fired from the LAPD after he made a complaint against his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans, saying in the course of arrest she kicked suspect Christopher Gettler, a schizophrenic with severe dementia.
Following an investigation, Dorner was fired for making false statements.
Richard Gettler, the schizophrenic man's father, gave testimony that supported Dorner's claim. After his son was returned on July 28, 2007, Richard Gettler asked "if he had been in a fight because his face was puffy" and his son responded that he was kicked twice in the chest by a police officer, he testified.
Maggard said the LAPD and FBI are assisting in the search.
The chief took no questions during the brief news conference.
Quan, an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, is the daughter of a former LAPD captain, Randal Quan, who retired in 2002 and later worked as chief of police at Cal Poly, Pomona.
Lawrence, her fiancé, was a public safety officer at the University of Southern California.
Autopsies showed both were killed by multiple gunshot wounds in the parking structure at their condominium in Irvine, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said earlier Wednesday.
The killings brought mourning and disbelief at three college campuses, Fullerton, USC, and Concordia University, where the two met when they were student athletes.
--KPCC reporters Ed Joyce, Erika Aguilar and Ben Bergman contributed to this report.
Previously: Police say they're seeking a former Los Angeles police officer as suspect in the shootings of a Cal State Fullerton basketball coach and her fiancé.
Irvine police Chief David L. Maggard said Wednesday that former LAPD officer and U.S. Navy reservist Christopher Dorner is suspected in the killings of 28-year-old Monica Quan and 27-year-old Keith Lawrence.
Maggard says Dorner was an LAPD officer until 2009.
Police say they don't know Dorner's whereabouts and they expect him to be armed and dangerous.