On Wednesday night, around 10 p.m., Dorner attempted to hijack a yacht at a San Diego harbor to flee to Mexico, according to police. But he aborted the attempt, tied up the yacht owner, and fled. His wallet and LAPD badge were found in San Diego, police said.
After the aborting hijacking, Dorner was spotted by LAPD officers in Riverside, Calif., around 1:25 a.m. on Thursday as they were guarding at a home of one of his named targets in their patrol vehicle. They chased Dorner and exchanged gunfire with him. Dorner injured one officer.
Around 20 minutes later, Dorner pulled up across from a Riverside police department patrol car at a stop light and fired his rifle at them, killing one officer and injuring another before fleeing.
The shootings initiated a widespread response from southern California law enforcement agencies who stationed heavily armed guards outside of police departments and the homes of Dorner's possible targets, stopped answering low level 911 calls, and pulled motorcycle officers off of their bikes in order to protect them.
Dorner just finished his military career as a lieutenant last Friday. His only overseas deployment was to a Navy base in Bahrain. He received a Rifle Marksman Ribbon and Pistol Expert Medal, meaning he received superior scores when he tested at the range.
Police described Dorner as black, 6-feet tall and weighing 270 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.