A disgruntled former Los Angeles police officer, who wrote a threatening “manifesto” before disappearing, is being hunted over the murder of a newly-engaged couple.
Christopher Dorner is the prime suspect in the killings of Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence, who were found shot dead in their car in Irvine in California on Sunday night.
The 33-year-old implicated himself in a multi-page document that threatened more violence, police have warned.
“I know I will be villified (sic) by the LAPD and the media,” he wrote.
“Unfortunately, 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.”
Police said Dorner – a US Navy reservist – was believed to be “armed and dangerous”.
He may be driving a blue 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck.
His last known address was in La Palma in northern Orange County near Fullerton.
Dorner was with the department from 2005 until 2008, when he was fired.
He was found to have made false statements about a colleague’s alleged mistreatment of a suspect.
Ms Quan, 28, was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton.
Her father is a former LAPD captain who represented Dorner in front of the police inquiry board that dismissed him.
Mr Lawrence, 27, was a public safety officer at the University of Southern California.