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Dorner Was in Imperial Beach Before Manhunt, Navy Officials Say

Dorner allegedly spoke to sailors at Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach last Wednesday for approximately 10 minutes.

Updated 6:27 p.m. and 9:31 p.m. Feb. 13. and 5:02 p.m. Feb. 14.

Christopher Dorner, who allegedly killed four people and may have died in a fire in a Big Bear cabin Tuesday, was in Imperial Beach last Wednesday, Navy officials told IB Patch.

Around 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Dorner approached two sailors in a parking lot at Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach and asked them multiple questions about the base commander, their command's name and employment with the command.

The two sailors are part of Coastal Riverine Group One, said Lt. Commander Donnell Evans.

The former LAPD officer also served in the Navy Reserve until Feb. 1. Dorner was assigned to a subordinate unit of Coastal Riverine Group One at Seal Beach, Mine Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU) 105 from 2004-2007, Evans said.

How Dorner gained access to NOLF IB is under investigation.

Dorner was driving a grey truck, wearing civilian clothing and never left his vehicle while speaking for sailors for approximately 10 minutes, a Navy official said.

It is not known where Dorner went immediately after leaving NOLF IB, a Navy official said, but hours later he allegedly attempted to steal a boat.

The sighting at NOLF IB was reported to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and local law enforcement Thursday when the sailors recognized his face after news reports.

Police found Dorner's identification near the San Diego International Airport at 2:20 a.m. Thursday. Later that day police converged on a hotel and Naval Base Point Loma in search of Dorner.

On Feb. 4, Dorner's clothes were found in a dumpster behind the National City Police Department, according to multiple news sources. That same day he checked in to Navy Gateway Inn & Suites in Point Loma, a Navy official said.

How long Dorner actually stayed at the hotel or if he checked in and left is under investigation, the official said.

Gidge February 14, 2013 at 04:39 AM
So is he still a reservist or retired military. How did he get on base?
Jon Hall February 14, 2013 at 03:04 PM
You know this means we will all need counseling ...
Bosn February 14, 2013 at 03:45 PM
He came into my shop a couple times while he was stationed here in IB. We were both naval officers and had related jobs. How someone can go from being such a nice guy and having everything to a mad maniacal killer ready to die, is beyond me. But once he pulled the trigger...it was too late. Unfortunately, this dedicated college graduate, naval officer, and police officer lost it somehow and turned his whole world upside down by killing innocent people and terrorizing a nation. PTSD from duty in Iraq? Mental illness? Now we'll never know.
andrew taormina February 17, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I believe he was a schizophrenic. Onset can occur in the 30's. I believe the lapd thought he was not suitable for police duty. They were able to argue their case in superior court and win.He became the accused so he became the accuser. His legacy gives alot of credence to their claim, dont you think? He was dillusional. Hell, even serpico just quit and went to Switzerland.Sadly, this man was very ill and the police saw it.
matt Taormina February 17, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I believe he was a schizophrenic. Onset can occur in the 30's. I believe the lapd thought he was not suitable for police duty. They were able to argue their case in superior court and win.He became the accused so he became the accuser. His legacy gives alot of credence to their claim, dont you think? He was dillusional. Hell, even serpico just quit and went to Switzerland.Sadly, this man was very ill and the police saw it.

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