Nightly News   |  February 11, 2013

Fugitive ex-cop charged with murder

On day five of the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, who is suspected of killing three people, the Riverside District Attorney filed charges against Dorner including one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. The LAPD has assigned officers to protect 50 families the accused cop killer has threatened and a $1 million reward is now being offered for information leading to Dorner’s arrest.  NBC’s Miguel Almager reports.

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>>> now to a big domestic story in sorp california, tonight. 50 families of lapd officers are under 24-hour protection as an ex cop sniper remains on the loose and the reward is now $1 million. it's a region edge, a police department stretched to the limit. nbc's miguel almaguer is with us once again from lapd headquarters tonight. miguel , good evening.

>> reporter: brian, good evening. it's been more than a week since the first of three murders, so tonight the lapd has upped the ante, offering a $1 million reward as they hunt a killer. police departments remain on high alert on day five of the manhunt. tactical officers are deployed across southern california . some on rooftops, some on neighborhood porches, protecting 50 families the accused cop killer has threatened. the lapd now offering a $1 million reward for their fugitive, christopher dorner.

>> we're getting tips like crazy. we have three times the amount of tips that we had yesterday.

>> reporter: today the riverside district attorney filed formal murder charges against dorner.

>> he is a felon at large, so wherever he goes, he can be arrested and brought back to this jurisdiction for prosecution.

>> reporter: with dorner accused of murdering three, we are now learning more about 34-year-old riverside police officer mike crane. ambushed while on patrol, he was a decorated marine who leaves behind a wife and two young children.

>> he was a good man.

>> an american hero . a tough guy with -- certainly with a gentle side.

>> reporter: the parents of monica quan and keith lawrence were supposed to be organizing their wedding but are now planning their funerals. a tribute for quan , a college basketball coach, was held this weekend.

>> may they rest in peace.

>> reporter: according in this affidavit, after quan 's murder, a man called her father, a retired lapd captain to, taunt him, saying you should have done a better job protecting your daughter.

>> this is a very can conniving devious individual.

>> reporter: with false sightings, police resources are stretched thin. for their protection, motorcycle officers have been moved into squad cars . police taking no chances. while the trail for fugitive christopher dorner has gone cold, tonight there remains plenty of fear. tonight in l.a. and three hours outside of here in the mountains where dorner's broken-down truck, a cache of weapons and camping gear was discovered, the search continues on the ground and in the air. the lapd says they are following some 700 tips. brian?

>> miguel almaguer at lapd headquarters as this goes on. thanks.