by CBS / AP
Posted on February 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. - Authorities are offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings who is the subject of a manhunt in Southern California.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the reward at a news conference at LAPD headquarters Sunday. The L.A. mayor said it is only a question of time before Dorner is caught, and that the confidence of officials is “unshaken,” despite it being seven days since the killings began.
“Our dedication to catch this killer remains steadfast,” Villaraigosa said. “We will not tolerate this reign of terror.” Riverside City Mayor Rusty Bailey said the reward was gathered from a combination of public and private groups, and that gathering it was “easy,” given the extreme local interest in the situation.
Some 80 miles to the east, SWAT teams with bloodhounds and helicopter support continued to scour snow-covered mountains near Big Bear, where the 33-year-old fugitive’s charred pickup truck was discovered Thursday. There have been no sightings of Dorner himself in Big Bear, although surveillance footage outside an auto store in National City, south of San Diego, caught him dumping bullets and other potential evidence last Monday, CBS affiliate KFMB reports.
KCBS in Los Angeles reports about 50 law enforcement officers began the search combing the snow-capped terrain this weekend with the assistance of two heat-seeking helicopters. By Sunday, 25 officers and a single helicopter were looking for clues in the forest and going door-to-door at some 600 cabins in the San Bernardino mountains.
On Saturday, LAPD announced it had formed a task force with the sole mission of finding Dorner, KFMB reports. The task force consists of several law enforcement agencies across Southern California
Did you ever go to the beach and see a 400 pound person in a tiny spandex swimsuit with a gun? That is how I feel in trying to get a grip on what the LAPD is trying to get me to believe. It is not working. VERY heavy Freemasonic element in LAPD. The Rodney King and O.J. Simpson cases were the Freemason inappropriate attitude boiling over in retaliation. Freemasons do not incriminate each other in court, by freemason oaths.