The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

February 20, 2013

Family threatened by ex-cop recalls 6-day ordeal

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The wait was made worse by the hype about Dorner's police and military prowess in the manifesto and the media.

"I had this vision of him climbing through the manholes and coming up and slitting the officers' throats and coming in silently to kill us all," Phil Tingirides said.

A neighbor of the Tingirideses said he thinks he spoke with Dorner three or four days before Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence were found murdered in a condo parking lot in Irvine, where the Tingirides family lives. The man had been circling the neighborhood in a pickup truck. When the neighbor saw Dorner's photo and truck on TV, he called the police.

The Tingirideses received strong support for their community, who welcomed them at sporting events despite the presence of armed officers.

Phil Tingirides, a captain at Southeast Area for six years, said a group of active gang members even offered to stand guard.

The family didn't know whether it would last six months or two years. After nearly a week under protection, they talked about long-term plans and considered a move to Colorado or New York.

Both agreed they wouldn't return to work until Dorner was captured.

It was early afternoon when Tingirides received a text message from his ex-wife, who was also under protection, alerting him to the standoff with Dorner in the San Bernardino mountains.

Emada Tingirides called the children in to join them in the bedroom and they watched the end together.

The Tingirideses had few contacts with Dorner prior to the mention in the manifesto. Phil Tingirides, who has been with Los Angeles police for 33 years, had never met Dorner before the disciplinary hearing and was not in touch with him afterward.

Emada Tingirides, an 18-year member of the force, recalled a single conversation with Dorner in 2007, when he was dealing with the disciplinary process and brought it up to her.

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