$1M offered for ex-cop as murder suspect
LOS ANGELES -- Seeking leads in a massive, fruitless manhunt, Los Angeles authorities on Sunday offered a $1 million reward for information that helps them arrest Christopher Dorner, the former police officer suspected in three killings.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the reward, raised through several private and public donors, at a news conference at LAPD headquarters. "Our dedication to catch this killer remains steadfast," Villaraigosa said. "We will not tolerate this reign of terror."
Meanwhile, authorities said camping gear was found along with weapons inside Dorner's burned-out pickup truck. The vehicle found Thursday in the ski resort town of Big Bear Lake was so charred that investigators couldn't be more specific about the nature of its contents, Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.
Also Sunday, police investigated a taunting phone call that may have been made by Dorner to the father of the woman they believe he killed last week. Two law enforcement officers who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation told The Associated Press they are trying to determine if the call days after the killing was made by the 33-year-old fugitive or a man posing as him.
SWAT teams with air support and bloodhounds fanned out for the fourth day to search for Dorner. He has vowed revenge against several former LAPD colleagues whom he blames for ending his career.
The search in the San Bernardino mountains, about 80 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, was significantly scaled back as the weekend went on.