Basketball coach Monica Quan, 28, and her fiance Keith Lawrence, 27, died on Sunday night from multiple gunshot wounds, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said. They were found inside their vehicle in the parking lot of their block apartments in Irvine, California. Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen said the couple was not robbed and there is no obvious motive.
33-year-old Christopher Jordan Dorner is the main suspect of this crime. The former Los Angeles officer is suspected of killing the couple over the weekend and opening fire on four officers early Thursday, killing one and critically wounding another, authorities said.
Dorner is a former LAPD Harbor Division police officer, who was with the police department between 2005-08, but was fired for falsely accusing his sergeant for kicking a man at a San Pedro hotel. He reportedly implicated himself in a “manifesto” he wrote, that made threats against several people. The document included threats against members of the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities said.
According to an online manifesto, Christopher Jordan Dorner of La Palma might have committed the double-homicide out of revenge for his dismissal from the force.
“Suppressing the truth will lead to deadly consequences for you and your family,” according to an excerpt of the manifesto posted on the KTLA news website. “There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep.”
Monica Quan, 28, was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton. Keith Lawrence, 27, was a public safety officer at the University of Southern California. Lawrence and Quan met while they were students at Concordia University. They both played basketball.
Quan was the daughter of a longtime LAPD officer, Randy Quan. He had represented Dorner before the Board of Rights, a tribunal that ruled against the suspect at the time of his dismissal, LAPD Capt. William Hayes told the Associated Press.
Randal Quan retired in 2002. He later served as chief of police at Cal Poly Pomona before he started practicing law.
Police say an LAPD badge and identification belonging to Doner have been found by a citizen near San Diego’s airport. Authorities have appealed to the public for help locating the suspect, but warn that he should not be approached.
“We have strong cause to believe Dorner is armed and dangerous,” Irvine Police Chief David Maggard said on Wednesday night.
Chief Maggard added that the FBI were assisting with the case. Authorities said the suspect may be driving a blue 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck. He was last known to be living in La Palma in northern Orange County near Fullerton.