Hunt for ex-LAPD officer presses on

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John Pekcan The Los Angeles Police Department announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Christopher Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer wanted for killing a Riverside police officer and an Irvine couple last week.

Chief Sergio Diaz of the Riverside Police Department identified the Riverside police officer slain by Dorner as 34-year-old Michael Crain. The funeral for the 11-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department and former Marine will be held on Wednesday. Crain will be laid to rest at the Riverside National Cemetery.

On Feb. 7, two LAPD officers were searching for Dorner’s truck. When they followed a truck similar to his, the driver opened fire, grazing one officer on the forehead. Later that night, Dorner ambushed two Riverside police officers while they sat at a red light. Crain was killed and the other officer is reported to be in stable condition.

The identities of the wounded officers have not been released. Diaz said Dorner has shown that families of police officers are fair game, and for that reason the department will keep the information confidential.

Cal State Fullerton assistant women’s basketball coach Monica Quan, 28, and her fiancé Keith Lawrence, 27, were found shot and killed while they sat in their vehicle at their apartment complex on Feb. 3. Randal Quan, the father of Monica, represented Dorner in a case that led to his dismissal.

“It is my sincere desire to bring Mr. Dorner to justice,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “To bring him to court, to capture him alive.”

Beck confirmed he is reopening Dorner’s case and said that although it occurred before he was chief, he plans to review the case and put it to rest.

Dorner was terminated after the LAPD Board of Rights found a complaint against his field-training officer to be false. He accused Sgt. Teresa Evans of kicking suspect Christopher Gettler after he was already secured and detained.

After being terminated, Dorner filed a petition in the California Superior Court to overturn the decision. However, the court upheld  its  decision to dismiss Dorner because of false accusations.

“There’s just a lot of emotions that come into it—not being able to look down the line and see her there standing up there with us,” she said. “I was glad to be up there with my teammates and with my family but it was hard not having her with us.”

Thomas said Quan would have been proud of the team’s effort, despite the 64-45 loss to the Highlanders.

“She would have been proud of us coming out and being there and trying to stay focused but she definitely would have wanted us to pay attention to the little things a little bit more,” Thomas said.

While dealing with the loss has been difficult, Foster said the team has had a great deal of support from the administration, college coaches from around the country and the NCAA—people who knew and did not know Quan.

“Monica was loved,” Foster said. “She was good people and people know that.”

Foster said she was introduced to Quan four years ago as a potential assistant coach, but the team did not have any openings at the time.

After watching Quan grow as an assistant for two years at Cal Lutheran, Foster said she was impressed by her work ethic, professionalism and hired her as soon as a spot opened up.

“She was bright, driven and loved basketball and was passionate about teaching young women the game and about life,” Foster said, adding that Quan would have made a fantastic head coach someday.

“That’s what’s so hard about it all; there was so much life for her to live, so much left for her to do,” Foster said.


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