A former Los Angeles Police Department officer who is believed to be targeting officers and their families is wanted in connection with the ambush-style slaying of a Riverside officer Thursday morning at a stop light, according to police.
Three officers were shot -- two in Riverside, one in Corona -- Thursday morning, and all of the shootings are likely connected to Chistopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer wanted in connection with a double slaying last weekend in Irvine.
Police said two Riverside officers responded to Magnolia and Arlington avenues at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday after receiving a call for assistance. The response occurred during a search that began with a report of a vehicle matching the description of Dorner.
"By all accounts, it appears they were stopped at a red light and just ambushed by the suspect," said Riverside Lt. Guy Toussaint.
Both Riverside officers were shot and transported to a hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The second officer remained in surgery, police said.
"The suspect did flee the scene, and we're in the process of trying to identify and apprehend the suspect at this time," said Toussaint.
The LAPD confirmed officers are looking for Dorner in connection with the Riverside shooting.
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