California city locks down schools over fugitive cop killer
A Californian mountain resort ordered its schools on lockdown Thursday after reports that a car resembling that of an alleged fugitive cop killer was found burning in nearby woods, officials said.
Police were dispatched to the scene after the pick-up truck was found near the town of Big Bear, in the mountains about two hours east of Los Angeles, the LA Times reported.
“Based on investigations in our valley, and as a precautionary measure we have called a district-wide lock down of all our facilities,” said a statement by the Bear Valley Unified School District.
“We don’t believe there is an immediate danger. We do this as a precaution for the safety of our students and staff,” it added.
Police launched a massive manhunt overnight for former policeman Christopher Dorner, suspected of killing three people including an ex-cop and injuring two others, after posting a chilling manifesto online.
The search prompted several false alerts, including an incident in which police injured two civilians near Los Angeles after mistaking their vehicle for Dorner’s, and a lockdown of a naval base near San Diego.
There was no immediate confirmation that the burnt-out vehicle found near Big Bear was that belonging to Dorner, who was reportedly wearing military fatigues when he was last seen.
LAPD chief Charlie Beck warned that Dorner, 33, was “considered to be armed and extremely dangerous,” adding that the suspect has “multiple weapons at his disposal, including assault rifles.”