As Manhunt Continues, LAPD Going Door-to-Door

Resort town on lockdown as Christopher Dorner remains at large

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 8, 2013 3:48 AM CST | Updated Feb 8, 2013 6:59 AM CST

(Newser) – The California resort town of Big Bear Lake has had a rough night. Los Angeles police officers have visited more than half the area's homes as they search for ex-cop Christopher Dorner; they're telling locals not to answer their doors unless they're sure who's knocking, ABC News reports. Meanwhile, surveillance aircraft are patrolling the skies and fleets of SUVs are keeping watch on the roads as the town is in lockdown, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Police say they found Dorner's pickup truck torched on a forest road, with footprints trailing away through the snow. That snow could help hide Dorner, but could also make any movements on foot difficult, the Times notes. More details about Dorner's past are emerging: While longtime acquaintances recalled a "typical guy" who was "never disgruntled," police had long been concerned about him. Four years ago, when he faced a disciplinary hearing the day he was fired from the department, armed guards were on hand, the Times adds. "It was clear ... that he was wound way too tight," an officer says. Click to read about the bizarre package Dorner reportedly sent Anderson Cooper.

This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows suspect Christopher Dorner.
This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows suspect Christopher Dorner.   (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)
FBI agents gather outside a Las Vegas home owned by former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner while collecting evidence, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
FBI agents gather outside a Las Vegas home owned by former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner while collecting evidence, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Cindy Bachman, public information officer for the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, updates the media on the search.
Cindy Bachman, public information officer for the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, updates the media on the search.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
A burned-out pickup truck belonging to ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is towed after it was discovered in Big Bear, Calif, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
A burned-out pickup truck belonging to ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is towed after it was discovered in Big Bear, Calif, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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