Crime & Justice

Christopher Dorner manhunt 1st anniversary: Where are the survivors now?

Members on the California Highway Patrol search a truck for Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Big Bear Lake, Calif.
Members on the California Highway Patrol search a truck for Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Big Bear Lake, Calif.
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Monday marks a year since the murder of Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence set off a manhunt for former LAPD officer and avowed cop-killer Christopher Dorner, who shot several people and sparked a massive regional manhunt before he was cornered in a cabin in Big Bear and perished in a fire nine days later. A year later, we look at how the rampage affected the lives of some of his victims. (And you can revisit KPCC's timeline of the events from last February.)

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Randal Quan, retired LAPD captain and attorney

The father of Monica Quan, who was murdered along with her fiancee, Keith Lawrence, on Feb. 3, 2013, the first two victims in Dorner's rampage. Randal Quan had represented Dorner during his dismissal proceedings from the LAPD. The disgruntled Dorner had mentioned him by name in a rambling "manifesto" published on the Internet. Quan couldn't be reached for comment, but the number for his legal practice is still active.

 

Teresa Evans, Dorner's former trainer and target 

Teresa Evans, who trained Dorner at the LAPD and who was a main target mentioned in his rambling revenge screed, had been under police protection throughout the ordeal. She was badly shaken up by the threats made against her both by Dorner and by others who sympathized with him and took a leave of absence after the attacks. She hasn't yet returned to the force, according to an L.A. Times article published in December. 

 

David Perdue, Torrance shooting victim

David Perdue had been on his way to pick up a friend for an early morning surfing outing when the truck he was driving was blindsided by Torrance officers mistaking him for Dorner. Officers fired several rounds into the cabin of his Toyota pickup. Perdue wasn't hit, but was injured in the crash. He's filed a lawsuit against the city of Torrance alleging that his injuries are so severe that he cannot return to his previous job as an airport baggage handler and have made it difficult for him to do simple tasks, including playing with his kids. The city reimbursed Perdue $20,000 for the damage done to his truck. 

Margie Carranza and Emma Hernandez, newspaper deliverers

Margie Carranza, 48, and her mother, Emma, 71, were delivering papers for the Wall Street Journal and L.A. Times when L.A. police — mistaking their truck for Doner's — opened fire on the pair, riddling their pickup with bullets and striking both several times. The two settled with the city for $4 million. After recovering from the shooting, the two attempted to restart their work as newspaper deliverers, but found it was too stressful. They continue to work, however, as housecleaners. 

Rick Heltebrake, Boy scout leader

Boy Scout camp ranger Heltebrake, 63, had been driving his silver Dodge Ram down Glass Road in Big Bear when he said a man appeared from behind a tree, pointing an assault rifle directly at him and motioning him to stop. Dorner told him he didn't want to hurt him or his dog, but he did need the truck. Heltebrake alerted law enforcement, but police say they were already chasing the truck by that point. Heltebrake filed a claim for a portion of the reward money for tipping off authorities to Dorner's whereabouts. His claim was dismissed both by Riverside and L.A. Counties. He was ordered to pay $15,000 in attorneys' fees to the city of Los Angeles. 

Karen and James Reynolds, cabin owners

Karen and James Reynolds were cleaning the Big Bear cabin they owned and rented out not far from the command center set up to monitor information on Dorner when they were confronted by the fugitive, who had been living there for several days. The two were tied up and blindfolded. Dorner took the keys to their maroon Nissan Rogue and set off on what would be his final confrontation with police. The two used their teeth and a knife they knocked off a nearby table to remove the pillowcases from their heads and zip ties from their wrists and called 911. The two were awarded the majority of reward money offered from multiple agencies and a separate reward from L.A. County.  They've since moved to Pennsylvania and still haven't received all of the reward, according a recent article in the Riverside Press-Enterprise

Andrew Tachias, Riverside police officer

Riverside police officer Andrew Tachias was waiting at a traffic light in his patrol car along with his partner and training officer Michael Crain when Dorner pulled up alongside and opened fire. Tachias was shot eight times, and Crain was killed. Tachias still has only limited use of his arms and experiences constant pain from the damage done to his nerves, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise and CBS2. Riverside police officials say Tachias has not returned to active duty and still faces a long road to recovery. The community has held several fund-raising events to help.

 

Detective Alex Collins, San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy

Collins was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the Big Bear cabin where Dorner would make his final stand. As Collins scoped out the area with his gun drawn, a shot from within the cabin entered beneath his left nostril, shattered his teeth, and exited slightly below his jaw. He was shot again below his left knee and in his left arm. Another round hit him in the chest before he could take cover behind a vehicle. A cell phone stashed in his shirt pocket may have saved his life. He's since undergone more than two dozen surgeries and was in a medically induced coma for nine days. Surgeons reconstructed his face from bone drawn from his hip. By late May 2013, he had recovered enough to throw the first pitch at Angel Stadium. Today, Collins is a detective working within an elite team at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. He recently joked to the Orange County Register that he looks better now than he did before.

Video: Cab driver Karam Kaoud on his experience

Karam Kaoud, Riverside cab driver

Karam Kaoud had been driving his cab for the Bell Cab Co. in Riverside when a silver Nissan Titan pulled up alongside him at a red light, edged forward, then slowly ran the light. He watched as the driver methodically aimed and fired across the lane at two officers in a squad car on the other side of the road. Kaoud said he jumped out of his cab and ran across the street. He asked the officers what he could do. One of them, Andrew Tachias, told him to radio for help. Kaoud pressed the button on the officers' car radio, and Tachias — shot eight times — said "officer down." When backup arrived, Kaoud — a Palestinian raised in Dubai who had recently become an American citizen — says he raised his hands in the air. Officers have said that, without his help, officer Tachias may not have made it. As of December, Kaoud was still driving a cab for Bell, but says he takes more frequent breaks to visit his son and sister at home. “I guess it made me think of my family,” Kaoud told the Press-Enterprise shortly after the attack.

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