Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 8, 2013

Ex-cop wanted for murder is recalled for finding church's cash


BLUEFIELD — "I didn't work for it, so it's not mine," he said. "And, it was for the church. It's not so much the integrity, but it was someone else's money. I would hope someone would do that for me."

Andrew Baugher, the Marine lieutenant who was with Dorner at the time, explained that the pastor of the church apparently put the bag on top of his car and drove away.

A Navy spokesman confirmed Dormer's involvement in various aviation training units from July 2002 to June 2004, though a spokesman at Vance Air Force Base could not confirm Dorner's service there. Dorner told the newspaper he wanted to fly the SH-60 helicopters the Navy uses for search and rescue and special operations.

Dorner's military career later included assignments with a mobile undersea warfare unit, at naval bases in San Diego, and on temporary duty in Bahrain, according to a Navy spokesman.

His many decorations include a medal for service in Iraq, as well as medals and ribbons for marksmanship. He was honorably discharged from the Naval Reserve as a lieutenant last week and is believed to have stayed on a military base in San Diego as recently as this week.

Since the murders of Quan and Lawrence, Police have responded to be a barrage of reported sightings of Dorner. Early Thursday, Los Angeles police mistakenly shot and wounded two women in a pickup truck that was similar to one he was believed to be driving. Officers later fired on another pickup they believed to be Dorner's; the driver was uninjured.

Police believe Dorner is heavily armed and wearing body armor.

"We're asking our officers to be extraordinarily cautious, just as we're asking the public to be extraordinarily cautious with this guy. He's already demonstrated he has a propensity for shooting innocent people," said LAPD commander Andrew Smith.

Enid police said they received a standard notice about the search for Dorner, but there are no indications he plans to revisit the city.


Details for this story were reported by The Enid, Okla., News & Eagle and The Associated Press.

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