MEDFORD, Ore. — Police throughout California are on high alert as the manhunt continues for former Los Angeles cop accused of gunning down fellow officers and their families in revenge killings. Police say 33-year-old Christopher Dorner shot two officers in Riverside, killing one and seriously injuring another.
As the national search continues, local police departments are also on alert. Early Thursday morning, agencies across Southern Oregon and Northern California received the same alert as other departments across the country to be on the look out for Christopher Dorner.
Local officers say because I-5 runs through California to Oregon and Washington, it makes them extra alert. Medford Police say their officers have a description of Dorner and his vehicle, and they are keeping an eye on the roads, in case Dorner comes through Southern Oregon. Since there’s no evidence of that, police said that’s all their involvement will be, unless there is a positive sighting. Dorner is accused of killing a police officer in Irvine, California and local officers say that makes police extra cautious.
“He is actually attacking law enforcement. Usually what we deal with is someone that has done something and they are running from law enforcement. So, for him to be on such an offensive, certainly makes all law enforcement a little apprehensive,” explained Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
California Highway Patrol got a report of a possible sighting of Dorner’s car near Yreka, but Yreka Police said it turned out to be nothing. Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey is in Irvine, California and meeting with sheriff and police officials. He says departments up and down California are on alert. Sheriff Lopey says his own deputies are keeping an eye along the I-5 corridor. Yreka Police and CHP are all doing the same.