Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, was named a suspect Wednesday in the double-homicide murder of Dept. of Public Safety officer Keith Lawrence, 27, and his fiancee Monica Quan, 28.
Law enforcement officials have not apprehended Dorner and do not know his whereabouts. Dorner is considered armed and dangerous.
Dorner was identified as a suspect at a news conference Wednesday evening, where Irvine Police Chief Dave Maggard declined to state a motive but noted police had uncovered a “multi-page manifesto” written by Dorner that suggested possible motivations for the slayings. Though police did not release any writings from the manifesto, excerpts posted by KTLA include references by Dorner to Monica Quan’s father, Randy Quan, as well as other LAPD officials. The LAPD fired Dorner after he made false statements against his field training officer several years ago, according to public records; it is believed that Randy Quan, along with the other officials named in the manifesto, sat on the review board that oversaw Dorner’s case, according to the Orange County Register.
The LAPD’s elite Metropolitan Division were sent to protect the others mentioned in Donner’s manifesto, according to City News Service. Dorner, who is six feet tall and approximately 270 pounds, was last seen in La Palma, Calif.
Lawrence and Monica Quan were found dead late Sunday night in his car in the parking garage of their apartment building in Irvine, Calif.
An autopsy completed on both victims determined the cause of death came from multiple gunshot wounds, according to KTLA. Police found no signs of attempted robbery. A joint burial is being planned for Lawrence and Monica Quan.
Both Lawrence and Quan attended and played basketball at Concordia University in Irvine. Quan had been an assistant basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton for the past two years, and Lawrence recently joined DPS in August 2012.