TODAY   |  February 08, 2013

Police: Alleged LA cop killer targeting officers

Los Angeles police are continuing their manhunt for Christopher Dorner, a former LAPD officer, Navy reservist and sharp-shooter.  They believe he is responsible for killing three people, including one officer, and is targeting more after he was terminated from the department. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> now to another major story we're following this hour, a manhunt under way right now for a former police officer accused of murdering three people. authorities say he was fired and now is targeting officers and their families. the search is focusing now on a ski resort community east of los angeles . we have two reports to bring you, starting with nbc's miguel almaguer. good morning, miguel.

>> reporter: savannah, good morning. lapd headquarters remains a target. today it is a fortress with the entrances and exits heavily guarded, all this while a hunt for a man who used to wear a badge. scouring big bear mountain three hours outside los angeles . this is where police discovered christopher dorner's burnt-out truck, the man at the center of a massive manhunt.

>> we don't know what he's going to do. we know what he's capable of doing. and we need to find him.

>> reporter: heavily armed and extremely dangerous, police say dorner, former lapd officer, navy reservist and sharpshooter, has already killed three and is targeting many more.

>> of course he knows what he's doing. we trained him.

>> reporter: four years ago, dorner accused a fellow officer of kicking a suspect in the head but it was dorner who was fired for making false statements in the case. they say he is now targeting officers he names in this chilling manifesto, published online. you will now live the life of the prey. i never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm terminating yours. police say the revenge killings began sunday when monica quan and keith lawrence were shot to death. quan's father was the police captain who represented dorner in his disciplinary hearing.

>> this has gone far enough. nobody else needs to die.

>> reporter: on wednesday, detectives say dorner tried to steal a boat near san diego . a badge, his i.d. and wallet found in the area. thursday morning at 1:25 am , two lapd officers assigned to protect a person in the manifesto came under fire.

>> officer shot multiple times.

>> reporter: a short time later a gunman opened fire on two riverside police officers , one killed, the other critical.

>> our officers were stopped at an intersection, at a red light when they were ambushed.

>> reporter: with nerves rattled, police later opened fire on a truck thought to be dorner's. two women delivering newspapers were shot and injured. late thursday, police discovered dorner's burnt-out truck on big bear mountain. s.w.a.t. teams cleared cabins, but no sign of a suspect. today, police still hunting an alleged cop killer who used to be one of their own. in the mountains outside of los angeles where dorner's vehicle was discovered, police say they discovered footprints but are quick to add that does not mean he's in the area. one reason why tensions are so high all across this state. matt?