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Christopher Jordan Dorner
Born (1979-06-04) June 4, 1979 (age 42)
Alma materSouthern Utah University
Known forChristopher Jordan Dorner's Manifesto, Accused perpetrator of 2013 Southern California shootings

Christopher Jordan Dorner (born June 4, 1979) is a former LAPD police officer and ex-United States Navy reservist who is a named suspect in the 2013 Southern California shootings.

At the time of the shootings, Christopher Dorner lived in La Palma. Dorner has no children and court records show his wife filed for divorce in 2007.[1]

Early life

Dorner was born in New York state and grew up in Los Angeles County, where he attended elementary school at Norwalk Christian School. Dorner stated that he was the only African American student there from first grade to seventh grade and that he had altercations due to his race. He graduated from Southern Utah University in 2001 with a major in political science and a minor in psychology, and the university confirmed he had played football for at least two of those years.[2]

Naval reservist

Dorner is a former Naval Reserve lieutenant (O-3) who was honorably discharged.

Dorner commanded a security unit at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, served with a Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit from 23 Jun 2004-28 Feb 2006 and deployed to Bahrain with Coastal Riverine Group Two from 3 November 2006- 23 April 2007. [3] He was discharged from the Navy Reserve on 1 February 2013.

Termination from Los Angeles Police Department

Dorner was terminated from the LAPD in 2008 for allegedly "lying" when reporting a fellow police officer, Teresa Evans (now a sergeant), for police brutality. After accusing Officer Evans of kicking a mentally-ill suspect named Christopher Gettler, who suffered from schizophrenia, while detained and on the ground, an internal review board found Dorner had lied, even though the alleged victim and victim's father testified to police brutality on part of the fellow arresting police officer and the victim's injuries were consistent with Dorner's account. [4] This wrongful termination has been cited in his online "manifesto" as a reason for committing the 2013 Southern California shootings. No action was taken against Officer Evans, whom Dorner had accused of police brutality.

Awards and decorations

Dorner is the recipient of the following military awards:[5]

Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon
Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal


  1. "Dorner Manhunt: Career woes, perceived racism fuel ex-cop's anger". The Press-Enterprise. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  2. "Christopher Dorner's Manifesto, In Full [Content Graphic and Disturbing] [UPDATED]". LAist. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  3. McGregor, Ellen U.S. Navy Releases Records of Triple Shooting Suspect Christopher Dorner ABC 10 News 02/07/2013
  5. Dorner's Military Service Record, see External links

External Links

Dorner's Military Service Record on ABC 10 News San Diego website