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Investigators at the scene on Redbeam Ave., Torrance where an officer-involved shooting took place Thursday morning. Photo by BRad Graverson/LANG 2-7-13


Police searching for a former LAPD Harbor Division officer sought for killing a couple in Irvine and a police officer in Riverside today were involved in two officer-involved shootings this morning in Torrance and Redondo Beach.

Details were not immediately available but undercover Los Angeles police officers were involved in a shooting in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, and Torrance officers were involved in a shooting at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street, Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said.

The shootings occurred about 5:30 a.m.

"Both instances are related to the investigation of the Dorner subject, but neither involve him," Chase said. "He is not in custody. To our knowledge he is not around here. There have been people who have been shot.

THE MANHUNT FOR CHRISTOPHER DORNER
I don't know any of the details."

Both shootings involved pickup trucks similar to the one Dorner is said to be driving, Chase said.

KTTV reported that the shootings might involve female newspaper delivery people.

A massive search is underway in Riverside, where Dorner is believed to have shot two officers, killing one. Another shooting occurred in Corona.

In Long Beach, police shut down the San Diego (405) Freeway at Bellflower Boulevard at about 8 a.m. Thursday morning after receiving a report of a vehicle matching the description of Dorner's Nissan Titan, said Long Beach Police

Department Sgt. Aaron Eaton. Patrol and SWAT officers were on the scene, but it turned out to be a false alarm, Eaton said.

"There was a report of a possible suspect vehicle on the freeway, so it was shut down to ensure everyone's safety," Eaton said. "Our officers determined it was not Dorner and the freeway was opened up pretty quickly."

The LBPD, however, like law enforcement agencies throughout the state, remained on high alert, the sergeant said.

"We are assisting with other agencies and our officers are on alert and are prepared to respond to any report of a possible suspect," Eaton said.

Among the many agencies Dorner refers to in his manifesto is the Long Beach Police Department, which he claims took a domestic violence report for an incident involving two LAPD officers. Eaton said the department will not comment on the domestic violence incident.