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Ex-LAPD Cop Hunt: 1,000 Leads Being Chased
Police in Los Angeles hunting fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner say they are now investigating more than 1,000 tips from members of the public.
Detectives are also studying security camera footage that apparently shows Dorner buying scuba diving equipment at a sports good store just 48 hours before his alleged killing spree began.
The video, which had been obtained by the celebrity website TMZ.com, shows the man having two small oxygen tanks refilled and buying another larger one.
TMZ say police confirmed to them that the man in the video was Dorner but the LAPD says they have not determined if the pictures do show the 33-year-old ex-cop.
LAPD spokesman Andrew Neiman says the number of tips has grown from an initial 250 since the city offered a $1m reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Dorner.
Despite the largest manhunt in the city's history, there have been no confirmed sightings of Dorner for days and police resources are increasingly stretched.
Dorner is suspected of three murders and three attempted murders. In an online manifesto, he had threatened "war" on the LAPD in revenge for being fired by the force and some 50 officers and their families remain under armed guard.
The Los Angeles Times has obtained court documents which suggest Dorner may have had help from an associate, identified only as "JY", during an attempt to flee to Mexico last week.
Searches have intensified around the border area with heavy traffic queues at California border crossings into Mexico as agents inspect each car. State police in Mexico's Baja California have been given photographs of Dorner and warned to consider him armed and extremely dangerous.
The prosecutor who filed murder charges against Dorner says he believes the ex-cop intends to go on killing potential targets.
District Attorney Paul Zellerbach said: "Just read his manifesto and look at his actions. He's trying to send a message and it would be my belief that his message is not completed yet."
Zellerbach's news conference was guarded by four officers armed with rifles. He added: "By both his words and conduct, he has made very clear to us that every law enforcement officer in Southern California is in danger of being shot and killed."
A scaled-back search continues in the mountains near Big Bear Lake after Dorner's burned-out truck was found there. Authorities are searching more than 30 square miles day and night in the ski resort area and checking on roughly 600 cabins.