On February 3, Christopher Dorner, a disgruntled former LAPD cop, went on a shooting rampage that became, for a few days, one of the biggest stories in America. Dorner posted a manifesto on Facebook declaring “war” on the LAPD, then went on a spree that resulted in the largest manhunt in the department’s history, culminating in a violent standoff in the San Bernadino Mountains on February 12, and Dorner’s death.
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Christopher Dorner was an LAPD beat cop fired in 2008 for falsifying reports that claimed a fellow officer, who had trained him, had used excessive force in the field. He later unsuccessfully sued the department, and then, on February 3, 2012, began a violent rampage seeking revenge. Dorner killed four people and injured six others, sparking the largest manhunt in the LAPD’s history.

He posted an unhinged 11,000-word manifesto on his Facebook page explaining his actions, saying, “That this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name.”

On February 12, he was tracked to a cabin near Big Bear Lake, California, and the resulting stand-off ended when Dorner shot himself inside the cabin, which had caught fire after pyrotechnic tear gas canisters were shot through the windows.