Authorities in Los Angeles posted a $1 million reward Sunday for the capture Christopher Dorner, an ex-cop who has become the subject of a massive manhunt since police say he shot and killed a couple and an LAPD police officer last week, CNN reports.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says the reward – which was collected from private donors, community groups, and local businesses – is "the largest ever offered, to our knowledge." Dorner served on the LAPD until 2009, when he was let go for making a false claim of excessive force against his training officer. One of Dorner's victims was the daughter of the police officer who represented him in the hearing that led to his firing, leading authorities to believe the shootings were motivated by revenge.
Authorities have offered the reward in hopes of ending the manhunt, and the fear that Dorner has imposed on the Los Angeles law enforcement community. In the past week, Dorner has published a rant on Facebook stating his intent to seek revenge on his former colleagues, as well as mailing a package to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper with a commemorative coin filled with bullet holes and a note that said "I never lied," TIME Magazine reports.
At least 50 families of LAPD employees have been put under police protection as a result of the online rant. At a press conference, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said that the community will no longer tolerate the reign of fear that has fallen over the area in the wake of Dorner's disappearance.
"We will not tolerate anyone undermining the security, the tranquility of our neighborhoods and our communities," Villaraigosa said. "We will not tolerate this murderer remaining at large."