Affidavit: Dorner probably stalked Irvine couple before attack

February 15, 2013|From the Los Angeles Timesh

The Irvine couple who were the first alleged victims of Christopher Dorner were likely stalked before being shot multiple times with a 9-millimeter pistol equipped with a high-capacity magazine, according to an affidavit for a search warrant.

Monica Quan, 28 and Keith Lawrence, 27, were found dead on the top floor of their condominium’s parking garage in Irvine on Feb. 3, days before the massive manhunt for Dorner took shape.

The killing of the Cal State Fullerton basketball coach and her fiance is believed to have been fueled by a quest for revenge for Dorner’s 2007 firing from the Los Angeles Police Department. Quan’s father -- a former LAPD captain -- represented Dorner at a disciplinary hearing that led to the termination.


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The Dorner manhunt came to a dramatic end Tuesday when the Big Bear-area cabin where he was holed up burned to the ground. His remains were positively identified Thursday. Authorities said that the former lawman's crime spree left four people dead, including two police officers, and three injured.

Irvine Officer Jonathan Sampson noted in the affidavit filed in Orange County Superior Court that Dorner “conducted background” on his targets and may be in possession of “journals, maps, photographs and documents containing personal and professional information for Keith Lawrence and the entire Quan family.”

Additionally, the document noted, a beanie and several shell casings were found near Lawrence’s white Kia.

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Two days after Lawrence and Quan were gunned down, police in National City discovered in a trash bin  leather duty gear, uniforms with name tags for Dorner and a high-capacity magazine for 9-millimeter bullets that were believed to belonged to Dorner, according to the affidavit.

Irvine police detectives also viewed surveillance video that showed Dorner discarding the items in the trash bin. The detectives then contacted the LAPD to discuss Dorner.

“We also learned that Dorner appeared to harbor a grudge about losing his job as a police officer,” Sampson wrote in the affidavit.

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