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Fired LAPD Officer Named in Death of Walnut Woman, Fiancée

Monica Quan, one of the victims, is a former Walnut High School athlete.

The Irvine Police Department has identified a fired LAPD officer as a suspect in the shooting deaths of Keith Lawrence, 27, and his 28-year-old fiancée Monica Quan, reported KNX radio.

Christopher Jordan Dorner, an LAPD officer from Feb. 7, 2005 to Sept. 4, 2008, reportedly implicated himself in the double homicide.  Irvine Police Chief David Maggard had a news conference at around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, which KNX streamed live, and warned that Dorner, a La Palma resident, is considered armed and dangerous.

Dorner posted online what Maggard referred to as a manifesto on Monday lashing out at Quan’s father, Randy Quan, as well as other LAPD union representatives, the chief said during the press conference.  Randy Quan represented Dorner during a Maggard said. The LAPD's elite Metropolitan squad was sent to protect others mentioned in Dorner's manifesto.

Authorities declined to release the letter, which has subsequently been removed from the site where the suspect posted it.

In the multipage document, Dorner said he didn't mind dying, because he died on Jan. 2, 2009, the day he was fired from the LAPD, Maggard said.

Dorner blamed Randy Quan, a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer, for his firing.

"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own ... (so) I am terminating yours," Dorner wrote to Randy Quan.

Irvine Police are asking for the public’s help in finding Dorner.  The suspect is 6' and around 270 pounds, Maggard said. His last known residence is in 4900 block of Sharon Drive in La Palma, authorities said.

He is likely driving a blue Nissan truck with license plate number 7X03191.

The announcement of a suspect in the case comes after autopsies were conducted on the bodies of Lawrence and Quan, a former Walnut High School star athlete. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds, Orange County coroner's officials said today.

Irvine homicide investigators set up a tip line at (949) 724-7192.

Police received a call at 9:10 p.m. Sunday reporting a person slumped over in a parked car at 2100 Scholarship. Officers found the recently engaged couple dead in Lawrence's Kia, which was parked at the top of the five-story structure for the building where they lived.

Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said there's no evidence they were being robbed, and noted that the high-density residential community is highly secure with key card access only.

Quan was an assistant coach for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team, and before that was an assistant coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

The couple met while at Concordia University in Irvine, where they both played basketball. Lawrence was seeking a career in law enforcement, which made him a good match for Quan, whose father was an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, friends said.

Lawrence, who graduated from the Ventura County Sheriff's Academy, was working as a patrol officer at USC's Department of Public Safety. He joined the department in August, said Carl Marziali, USC's assistant vice president of media relations.

Quan was in her second season working under Coach Marcia Foster. A star athlete at Walnut High School, Quan played basketball at Cal State Long Beach from 2003-05 before transferring to Concordia University, where she graduated in 2007 with a degree in exercise and sports science. In 2009, she earned a master's degree.

Vito Spago February 07, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Wow. Shows you do not ever want to make enemies like that. Amazing that these loonies are able to get into the police force. Wonder who else is on the list to be bumped off. They need to catch this guy before he hits someone else on the list.
Jenny February 07, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Ain't that the truth, evil is lurking amongst! Pretty darn SCARY! Huh
Amen to him being caught, Vito.
Breeze Summers February 07, 2013 at 04:06 PM
This "vindicates" the earlier posts by a seriously misformed dilettante reader that alluded that the Irvine couple assassinated by this psycho somehow deserved being kill. Next time leave the fact finding to the professionals at the Patch!
Vito Spago February 07, 2013 at 04:46 PM
I never said they deserved being killed. I implied that they put themselves needlessly in harms way by unwise behavior. Still a valid statement, but with a nutcase intent on killing you, not sure there was anything that could be done without prior knowledge of this fact.
Breeze Summers February 07, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Let's put this in perspective, the parameters and definition of unwise behavior aren't germane to the events. If parking in a parking lot is considered unwise, then everyday routines might as well be considered unwise. These innocent young adults lives were taken from us, yes us, and yet the devalue comments of their actions as being unwise because of parking in a parking lot, I can only refer you to the sage teachings of Kipling. "it is better to be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt"... On second thought, the dilettante may understand this analogy much better, "it rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again"...
Vito Spago February 07, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Breeze. Thanks for your opinion of my opinion. Why don't you post your same opinion about 20 more times.
Breeze Summers February 07, 2013 at 05:51 PM
No need, my work is done, you have much to learn about the force my young padawan. Have a nice day!
Jimbo February 07, 2013 at 07:00 PM
More back pedaling by the Village Troll.....
Allen Park February 07, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Vito Troll, you said these two had it coming to them because they were having sex out of wedlock or because they were buying drugs. You know, typical immoral "liberal" lifestyle choices. Actually they were killed by a former cop and military member. In other words, by someone who shares similar tendencies and world views as you, based on your own inane statements. Please crawl back into your bunker, but please don't take any five-year olds with you.
Vito Spago February 07, 2013 at 07:29 PM
I did not say they had it coming to them. Keith Lawrence was obviously killed because of his association with Monica. To say that a deranged maniac killed them is even more rediculous than a bad drug buy. Kids are always buying drugs. These were logical guesses until the truth was known. Quit trying to pick fights. I love poking fun at you two.
Allen Park February 07, 2013 at 07:43 PM
No one is picking fights Vito, we just enjoy pointing out how stupid you are. You deserve a detective badge for pointing out that Keith Lawrence was killed because of his association with Monica. That's some incredible sleuthing. On par with saying they deserved to die for a non-existent drug buy, or for simply choosing to park their car on a forbidden fifth floor, or for not inviting you to their bedroom to make sure they're not having premarital sex. How much does Walnut Patch pay you to post idiot comments to drive up views? Or is it the Democratic Party paying you to confirm everyone's beliefs about right-wing extremists? Because you can't possibly be as soulless as your writing suggests.
notsomuch February 07, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Vito, you said "maybe next time they will think before shacking up~Could've saved their lives" and "prob gang related"....................WRONG and WRONG Perhaps you should refrain from making anymore rude and hurtful comments with no substance.............We would all appreciate it.
Allen Park February 07, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Two women were shot by police, one in the back, because they were driving a car that resembled the shooter's. I am waiting for Vito Troll to say they had it coming because the women were obviously six feet tall, 270 pounds, black, and "put themselves needlessly in harms way by unwise behavior." And they were probably lesbians living an immoral lifestyle. Because what kind of woman would drive a Nissan Titan unless they were lesbian, right Vito? http://ktla.com/2013/02/07/women-delivering-newspapers-in-torrance-shot-in-manhunt-for-ex-cop/#axzz2KFOVMoYj
Vito Spago February 07, 2013 at 09:07 PM
You guys are idiots. I do not know why you are allowed to post. At the beginning we all were guessing at what the reason for the murder was. Yes, FWIW, if Monica was not shacking up, Keith might still be alive. That does not mean they CAUSED their own murders. It is just a FACT. Take it for what it is you two. It is unwise behavior to be driving around in that Nissan Titan truck if you are black and 6 feet and 270 lbs. That is common sense from what you have seen happening. Why tempt fate. This is NOT a CAUSE. I think I am going to ignore you clowns.
Allen Park February 07, 2013 at 10:39 PM
At the beginning, only you, Vito, were speculating at what the reason for the murder was, and making stuff up to fulfill your sick right-wing fantasies. Even now you are misogynistically blaming Keith's death on Monica's "shacking up." Not surprising that you've also blamed rape victims for the clothes they wear. FWIW, if Dorner didn't have a gun, all of these individuals would still be alive. It is just a FACT. Stop blaming lifestyle choices for the problems caused by guns. Also, the women who were shot by police were not driving around in a Nissan Titan truck, nor were they black males 6 feet tall and 270 lbs. Yet somehow to you they are still guilty of "unwise behavior." Residents shouldn't be living in fear of the police or military, but when people like you are part of those institutions, that is what happens. Please crawl back into your bunker.
Breeze Summers February 08, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Well written Alan
Breeze Summers February 08, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Well written Alan.
Vito Spago February 08, 2013 at 01:16 AM
I wasn't talking about the women. I was talking about any black male fitting that description. Thankfully the the cops did not shoot other innocents. The fact that the cops shot the women show that they have intelligence just slightly above your own. Also, it cannot be more than obvious that Dorn is affected by mental illness. If you want to take away his guns you will have to take them from the Navy because that is where he got them. You can always get a gun. Bet I could put a sign on my lawn saying that I would pay $5k for any pistol and before long I would have someone along to sell me one.
Vito Spago February 08, 2013 at 01:24 AM
One more little detail. When this is all over, Randy Quan might have some 'splain'n to do about that lady cop that kicked that suspect. Since Randy lost his daughter, you can bet that the media will 'cover it up'. No sense in rubbing salt in the wounds of one of the 'good guys' , even though cops likely kick detainees all the time and get away with it.
Beavisofborg February 09, 2013 at 06:39 AM
VIto is right on the money no matter how many of you gang up on him he is correct, does no one else know of the women shot down in cold blood for delivering news papers in a truck that LOOKED like christophers...............and if Im not mistaking FREE SPEACH IS STILL ALLOWED IN AMERICA UNLESS YOU FOOLS INCLUDED A LAW AGAINST IT THAT YOU SNUCK IN UNDER THE PATRIOT ACT THAT APPARENTLY NO ONE READ AND WAS SIGNED IN UNDER LAW WHILE EVERYOE WAS ASLEEP OR ON VACATION..............SHAMEFULL OF YOU ALL TO NOT SEE CORRUPTIOIN WHERE IT TRULY IS..............you must learn to recognize the truth and change your paradigms to todays level of LEGAL CORRUPTION IN THE NAME OF PROTECTING ITS CITIZENS.............we will have marshal law in this country the only question is will it be by free choice and people begging to take away our rights to protect us from the boogy man or will there be a continuation of particulars that force it upon us. Personally I believe peopel will be purposely scared into having EVERY SINGLE RIGHT TAKEN AWAY IN THE NAME OF please please save me from the boogy man in a cave in afhanistan that we helped to train and organize through our own CIA.............the world is SO FOOLISH AND GUILLIBLE...... how sad for those who take authority as the truth RATHER THAN THE TRUTH AS AUTHORITY!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP TYPING VITO................NOT EVERYONE IS A COMPLETE IDIOT AND SOME WILL APPRECIATE YOUR INTENTIONS
Beavisofborg February 09, 2013 at 06:51 AM
Actually Vito a much more accurate analogy that you are trying to explain is COCKROACHES................IF YOU SEE ONE THEN THERE ARE THOUSANDS THAT YOU DONT SEE.................IF ONE RODNEY KING BEATING IS CAUHGT ON TAPE I GUARANTEE THERE ARE AT LEAST HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS THAT NEVER COME TO LIGHT BECAUSE OF THE COPROACH MENTALITY..............YES THEY ARE THICKER THAN THIEVES AND THE CODE BY WHICH THEY OPERATE MAY AS WELL BE THE SKULL AND BONES SOCIETY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT THAT THERE ARENT SOME THAT ARE 100% COMPLETELY RICHTEOUS BECAUSE I HAVE PERSONALLY MET THEM...............BUT THEY ARE SOOOOOOO FAR AND FEW BETWEEN THAT THERE ARENT ENOUGH OF THE GOOD ONES TO MAKE ME NOT BE SCARED EVERY TIME I EVER SEE A COP DRIVING................ITS THE SCARIEST THING HERE IN LA..............BECAUSE THEY ARE JUDGE JUROR AND EXECUTIONER...........EXACTLY LIKE JUDGE DREDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
stop chem trails February 09, 2013 at 10:07 AM
you can read the manifesto, uncensored, here: http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/uncensored-manifesto-from-retired-lapd-officer-christopher-dorner/
Beavisofborg February 09, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Thanks for the link! And great name we have chemtrails here in burbank on a regular schedule sometimes if you stay up all night on a clear night you can see one drift by overhead so perfect like clockwork I have well documented and photographed for five years the difference between CHEM and CONTRAILS!!'
Beavisofborg February 09, 2013 at 12:17 PM
And not just one of course but mean literally every hour like clockwork sometimes even blatantly in the day time like skywriting right in front of our noses almost every day sometimes it's kind of like how all the watch adds most always read 10:10 every single time but NO ONE EVER NOTICES OR PAYS ATTENTION exactly like chemtrails! Weird but true pay attention to every watch add.!!
C.A.NICK February 09, 2013 at 12:30 PM
OK WHO DID THE BACK GROUND CHECK ON HIM ?????? OH YA HE WAS A COP AND MUST HAVE DONE IT ON HIMSLEF KNOWING HE BELONGED IN A NUT HUT
Lydia Plunk February 09, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Excuse me Mr Park- You owe those who are former cops and military officers a significant apology. By lumping the world view with the terrorist who murdered this couple is really, really offensive.

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