Five days into the search for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner, authorities hope a $1-million reward that will be announced Sunday could jump-start the case.
The frustrating search has spanned from Riverside to Corona to Big Bear to Point Loma in San Diego. There have been numerous false starts, but officials say the heightened publicity has not brought them closer to making an arrest.
Officials said Sunday the search in Big Bear was winding down.
On Sunday morning, authorities received a tip that Dorner may have been spotted down the mountain in San Bernardino, forcing the evacuation of an apartment complex, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
The hunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings continued in snow-covered mountains Saturday as the LAPD’s chief said he would reopen the disciplinary case that led to the fugitive’s firing.
Officials in particular will re-examine the allegations by Christopher Dorner, 33, that his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues, Police Chief Charlie Beck said. While he promised to hear out Dorner if he surrenders, Beck stressed that he was ordering a review of his 2007 case because he takes the allegation of racism in his department seriously.
Beck, in an interview with Pat Harvey of CBS2, said: “I’m not doing this to appease him. I’m doing this so the community has faith in what the police department does.” He added: “This investigation has already been reviewed at multiple levels. If I have to redo something or deal with an issue I will deal with it publicly.”