LOS ANGELES, CA – It doesn’t get any messier as Los Angeles police officers, involved in a statewide manhunt for an ex-LAPD colleague, came across vehicles matching the one sought by authorities in massive manhunt at two separate locations.
The first location in Torrance involved Los Angeles police detectives from the Hollywood division, who got caught up in an officer involved shooting, which resulted in gunfire injuring two women that had been delivering newspapers. They have since been transported to an area hospital.
The incident took place at approximately 5:20 a.m. in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue according to sources. The extent of their injures has not been made public.
The second incident involved Torrance police, and occurred at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street at approximately 5:45 a.m. No injuries were reported in that incident.
According to Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase Neither event was directly related to hunted suspect, Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, who as of Thursday morning remains at large.
The former LAPD Harbor Division officer is suspected of killing a couple in Irvine and a police officer in Riverside.
A massive, multiagency manhunt had been launched for Dorner after three police officers were shot; one fatally.
The night before, authorities announced that Dorner was sought in connection with a double homicide in Orange County over the weekend.
Dorner posted an online manifesto in which he threatened to harm police officials and their families, authorities said, and he is considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”
The first Thursday shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. in Corona, where two Los Angeles Police Department officers were providing protection fora person mentioned in Dorner’s s manifesto, officials said. One officer suffered a grazing head wound during a shootout and Dorner fled the scene, police said.
A short time later, two Riverside officers were involved in a shooting with a suspect at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Arlington Avenue in Riverside. Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint said the officers were sitting at a red light when they were ambushed. One was killed, the other was still in surgery Thursday morning.
There was no indication those officers were “actively seeking Dorner,” Toussaint said.
Police had cordoned off several blocks surrounding the scene, and officers from several area agencies patrolled the street with shotguns at the ready. Traffic was snarled for the morning commute in both Riverside and Corona. Police asked parents to use their own judgment in deciding whether to send their children to school.
The California Highway Patrol issued a “blue alert” for nine Southern California counties. Officials said Dorner is believed to be driving a 2005 blue or gray Nissan Titan, with California license plate 8D83987 or 7X09131.
Police said they believe he may be switching between the two license plates. Dorner is described as a black male, 33 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 270 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is in La Palma.
Members of the public were warned to stay away from him if they spot him, and to call 911 immediately.
“Obviously we are on high alert,” Toussaint said.
The two women that had been shot by Los Angeles police detectives in Torrance were reportedly delivering newspapers. According to a witness, one woman was shot in the back, while another was shot in the hand.
D. Chandler Contributed to this report