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Update: Police – LAPD Shooting Suspect Not Found at SD Navy Base

Police converged on the Point Loma base Thursday morning in search for suspect in three killings in Riverside and Orange counties, including the death of a police officer.

Update 1:55 p.m. Thursday: The Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times are reporting that the search is now focused in Big Bear, where a burned-out vehicle matching the description of the suspect's Nissan Titan has been found.

In addition, the AP reports that though the fugitive was not found Thursday he is confirmed to have been here locally as recently as Wednesday. 

“Cmdr. Brad Fagan says Dorner checked into a base hotel on Tuesday but left the next day and isn't there now.

Fagan says Dorner, a reserve lieutenant, left the Navy with an honorable discharge on Friday and may still carry military ID.”


 

The former Los Angeles police officer who is the suspect in an Irvine double shooting and is believed to have killed a Riverside officer early Thursday was being hunted at Naval Base Point Loma in what is now believed to be a case of mistaken identity.

Police converged on the base, reportedly because of suspicions that Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, also a Navy reservist, could be holed up at the Navy Gateway Inn & Suites

A spokeswoman for the Coronado Police Department said the person in Point Loma is not the subject of what has become a statewide manhunt. She said local officers are monitoring the situation, but do not believe there is a direct threat to Coronado.

An NBC photographer posted a photo of the man mistaken for Dorner on Twitter, while KNX 1070 in Los Angeles tweeted that San Diego police confirmed the police activity at the base “is not tied to the case.”

Fox5 San Diego added that the search for the man at two Point Loma hotels “has come up empty-handed.” 

In a 10 a.m. news conference that was ongoing at the Point Loma search proceeded, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he would tell the suspect that “This has gone far enough” and that no one else needs to die.

He said 40 protection details have fanned out throughout Southern California to protect those Dorner has publicly threatened in an online manifesto in which he proclaimed his rage at being fired from the LAPD.

Police had earlier confirmed that a wallet containing Dorner's ID had been found on Harbor Drive San Diego International Airport at 2:20 a.m. Thursday.

The wallet was turned in by a passerby, according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

It was not immediately clear what agency the badge represented or whether it was legitimate but the identification was clearly for Dorner, he said. Fox5 and UT-San Diego also reported that some of Dorner's belongings were found in National City.

Police were also investigating whether Dorner was involved in an attempted boat-jacking in Point Loma Wednesday night, said San Diego police Detective Gary Hassen.

Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, a gunman matching Dorner's description boarded a 47-foot vessel docked in the 2700 block of Qualtrough Street, police said.

The gunman tied up an 81-year-old man who was on the boat at the time and then tried to pull the boat out of its slip. When he could not operate the vessel, he took something from the victim instead and left, police said.

Dorner, 33, posted a multi-page manifesto online Monday, saying he didn't mind dying because he already died when he was fired from the LAPD for allegedly making false statements about his training officer. 

He blamed his termination on an LAPD captain who represented him at the hearing that preceded it. That former captain was the father of a basketball coach killed with her fiance Sunday in Irvine.

He is 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds. He has been driving a gray 2005 Nissan Titan pickup, California license plate 7X03191 or 8D83987.

Anyone encountering Dorner should consider him "armed and extremely dangerous" and should not approach but instead call 911 immediately, police said.

A tip line has also been established, 949-724-7192.

 

– City News Service contributed to this report.

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