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Drones will be Used to Hunt Christopher Dorner on U.S. Soil
by Angel Clark
The manhunt continues for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings. Authorities are now offering a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest. Police had used numerous resources in the manhunt and they announced on Sunday that they would be using drones to hunt down Dorner, if they are not already.
Police have searched an estimated 600 houses in two days searching for Dorner, many assume most of those were searched without a warrant. The home of Dorner’s mother was searched Friday, with a warrant issued. Another warrant was served to search a storage facility where Dorner had a storage locker.
Schools are scheduled to be open on Monday, despite the continued manhunt. Officials say there will be “added security” measures in place at schools. Some have called this “scare tactics”. Many have also begun to question the government use of drones to kill American citizens in other countries. Dorner may become the first American citizen killed by drone on United States soil.
A senior police source said: “The thermal imaging cameras the drones use may be our only hope of finding him. On the ground, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”
Asked directly if drones have already been deployed, Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz, who is jointly leading the task force, said: “We are using all the tools at our disposal.”
The use of drones was later confirmed by Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio, who revealed agents have been prepared for Dorner to make a dash for the Mexican border since his rampage began.
He said: “This agency has been at the forefront of domestic use of drones by law enforcement. That’s all I can say at the moment.”
Dorner was fired in 2008 by the LAPD and has vowed to wreak revenge.