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Wounded Riverside Cop Shot By Dorner Expected to Survive, Suspect's Connection to Riverside Unclear

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One of two shootings that took place Thursday that are being attributed to ex-Los Angeles Police officer Christopher Dorner involved the ambush-style attack on two Riverside Police Department officers. While one officer has been confirmed dead, the second is expected to survive.The deceased officer remains unidentified by Riverside PD, who have said he was 34-year-old, 11-year veteran of the force, according to City News Service. The wounded officer is 27 years old, and underwent surgery and is expected to fully recover, said Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz.

The attack took place this morning while the two officers were stopped at a red light at Magnolia and Arlington avenues, according to Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint. The officers were on routine patrol, and were not participating in the hunt for suspect Dorner.

The Press-Enterprise outlines the response in the area to the shooting:

Police have a set up a perimeter around the Riverside neighborhood where the fatal shooting occurred. Dorner is not believed to be inside that perimeter, which is bounded by Brockton Avenue, Madison Street, Washington Street and Luther Street.
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Dorner was thought to be barricaded inside a hotel room in San Diego by late Thursday morning, however he was determined not to be at that location.

Prior to the Riverside shooting, Dorner is suspected to have gunned down LAPD officers who were in Corona on their way to serve as protection for a target named in Dorner's manifesto.
"We're hoping to wake up and find out this is a bad dream," said Diaz, reports NBCLA. "He has made it clear he considers police officers and their families fair game."

It is not known why those two Riverside officers were targeted by Dorner, or if they were simply random victims Dorner shot because they belonged to law enforcement.

Dorner has been named as the suspect in the shooting deaths of a young Irvine couple, Keith Lawrence and Monica Quan. Quan's father, Randy, was with the LAPD and targeted by Dorner because Dorner held Quan responsible for his firing from the force.

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