A former police officer turned cop killer, Chris Dorner was a high-profile fugitive and subject of a multi-state manhunt after he shot and killed three people in a homicidal rampage that he attributed to his treatment as an employee of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and his later termination from the organization. Dorner even attempted to justify his actions in an 11-page manifesto he published online.
Despite the violence with which Dorner came to fame, he garnered something of an online following of supporters who believed he was the target of a conspiracy to silence him. Portrayed as an "outlaw hero," Dorner received sympathetic tweets, tribute videos and a song in his honor. The LAPD didn't improve the situation when it fired dozens of shots at a pickup truck that was a different make, model and color than Dorner's vehicle and carried two innocent civilians.
Authorities eventually caught up with Dorner at a cabin near Angelus Oaks, Calif., where a fire inadvertently started by a tear gas grenade killed Dorner.