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February 8, 2013

Ex-cop wanted for murder is recalled for finding church's cash

ENID, Okla. — An ex-cop accused of mounting a killing spree against his former colleagues and their families was once  lauded for his good deeds when he turned in sackful of cash he found in the street.

Police are searching for Christopher Dorner, an ex-Los Angeles police officer, in connection with a killing spree that apparently targets members of law enforcement and their families.

Police say Dorner, who was fired from the force in 2008, killed Monica Quan and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence, last weekend. Quan was the daughter of a former Los Angeles police captain and worked as an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton. Her fiancé was a campus police officer at the University of Southern California.

Dorner is also accused of shooting and wounding an officer in Corona on Thursday morning and later ambushing two officers in Riverside, killing one of them. In a rambling online manifesto, he has vowed "warfare to those in LAPD uniform."

A decade ago, Dorner was a Navy ensign training at Vance Air Force Base when he and another student pilot were driving into Enid one Sunday afternoon and saw in the middle of the road a bank bag. The two opened the bag to find $7,792 in cash and checks, as well as a deposit slip for the Enid Korean Church of Grace.

In a Nov. 5, 2002, story in the News & Eagle, Dorner recounted their decision to turn over the church's Sunday collection to local police.

"The military stresses integrity," Dorner told the newspaper. "There was a couple of thousand dollars, and if people are willing to give that to a church, it must be pretty important to them."

Dorner said his mother, who raised in La Palma, Calif., had taught him the value of honesty and integrity.

"I didn't work for it, so it's not mine," he said. "And, it was for the church. It's not so much the integrity, but it was someone else's money. I would hope someone would do that for me."

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