The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

February 20, 2013

Family threatened by ex-cop recalls 6-day ordeal



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christopher Dorner's threats to kill officers and the families of those linked to his 2008 firing from the department was backed up with deep research that included surveillance of possible victims, officials said Tuesday.

Chief Charlie Beck told reporters Tuesday that the former Los Angeles police officer "did a lot of homework." Authorities believe he even conducted surveillance near the homes of those who were threatened.

Many officers lived in fear after the threats in Dorner's 11,000-word manifesto were found on Facebook on Feb. 6.

Titled "Last Resort," it led the police to place about 50 officers and their families under protection.

Dorner was spotted circling the neighborhood of Sgt. Emada Tingirides, who feared for the lives of her six children. Her husband, Capt. Phil Tingirides, 54, headed the three-person disciplinary panel that unanimously decided Dorner should be fired for making a false report.

"I know that our family was a target, that my husband was a direct target, and for the first two or three hours, I was in disbelief," Tingirides said Tuesday as she recounted how her family spent the six days as authorities searched for Dorner.

The family's six children, plus a daughter's boyfriend, were under police protection. Officers stood guard throughout the night, escorting the children to sports events and other non-routine activities that Dorner could not have anticipated.

The family slept little as they awaited word on Dorner's whereabouts. Some targets decided to leave town, but the Tingirideses stayed in their Irvine home because of the logistics.

Beck said the department's review of Dorner's firing is under way and will take several months. Dorner, who was black, had claimed he was subjected to racism and was targeted for reporting misconduct.

He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound during a siege of a mountain cabin near Big Bear Lake. Authorities say he went on a spree of violence that included killing four people, including two law enforcement officers, and wounding three other people.

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