Crime & Justice

LAPD Chief Beck's father was stalked by Christopher Dorner, Beck says

File: Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck poses for a picture at the Los Angeles Police Foundation's 10th annual fundraising gala held at the new LAPD Headquarters on Nov. 7, 2009 in Los Angeles.
File: Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck poses for a picture at the Los Angeles Police Foundation's 10th annual fundraising gala held at the new LAPD Headquarters on Nov. 7, 2009 in Los Angeles.
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Christopher Dorner, the disgruntled former LAPD officer who killed four people in 2013, was also stalking Chief Beck's father, Beck tells NBC News.

Dorner was already known to have stalked others, but Beck tells NBC that detectives came to him after Dorner's death and said he'd also targeted Beck's family. That includes following Beck's dad, retired LAPD Deputy Chief George Beck.

"With my dad, he knew the layout of the house in general," Beck tells NBC. "He knew about my dad’s dog and he made plans to dispatch the dog, to kill the dog. He had spent a lot of time trying to find a victim to get at."

Beck also tells NBC that he had already sent one of his own kids, who is also a law enforcement officer, to watch his father. Beck's father was 88 at the time; Thursday was his 90th birthday.

This comes ahead of the release of an internal LAPD report next week on the department's disciplinary process.

In Feb. 2013, Dorner led police on a 10-day manhunt that ended in his death in a fire in a Big Bear cabin. Read more about the case in our story on the 1-year anniversary earlier this year tracking what happened to the survivors of Dorner's attacks; you can also track all the events in our Dorner timeline.