Las Vegas police take extra precautions as search for Dorner continues

Molly Waldron

Las Vegas police take extra precautions as search for Dorner continues

CREATED Feb. 8, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Police in Las Vegas are taking extra measures to protect themselves as the massive multi-state manhunt continues to find Christopher Dorner.

Police in Southern California say Dorner went on a murderous rampage after releasing an online manifesto detailing why he was targeting LAPD officers.

Dorner is suspected of killing a former LAPD captain's daughter, her fiance, and a Riverside Police officer.

His burned-out truck was found smoldering in the Big Bear Lake area on Thursday afternoon, but his tracks led nowhere.

Las Vegas police are seriously considering the possibility that Christopher Dorner is in Southern Nevada, or working his way in that direction.

That's why they held a news conference on Friday to explain what's being done if he shows up here.

Christopher Dorner has a home and friends in Las Vegas, and although police say they haven't seen Dorner in the area yet, that doesn't mean he isn't hiding.

The Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. is making some changes because of the threat that presents.

At Friday's press conference, officers said they searched Dorner's house and it appeared no one had been there for a few weeks.

Authorities also said the department is working with other federal agencies to follow up on local leads. They're also in contact with Las Vegas residents named in Dorner's manifesto.

"Several people were named in the manifesto as friends," said Assistant Sheriff Greg McCurdy. "We want to know those friends are that may live in Las Vegas.  So that's what we're doing.  We're trying to find those people. Talk to them, and see what information that can be gleamed that would be very beneficial to this investigation and quick apprehension of Mr. Dorner."

One major change announced Friday is that Las Vegas Metro officers are now traveling in two-person teams, and will do so indefinitely.