Clear sky aids mountain hunt for fugitive ex-cop

10:04 PM, Feb 9, 2013   |    comments
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BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) - A scaled-back search party is taking advantage of a break from stormy weather to hunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings.

They're using heat-sensing helicopters and fanning out in fresh snow.

The blue skies that emerged in the mountains after yesterday's snowstorm have allowed San Bernardino County sheriff's choppers to fly low over the forest and SWAT teams to look for tracks and other clues that might lead to 33-year-old Christopher Dorner, whose burned-out pickup truck was discovered in the town of Big Bear Lake on Thursday.

Authorities suspect Dorner in a series of attacks in Southern California over the past several days that left three people dead, including a police officer. Authorities say he has vowed revenge against several former LAPD colleagues who he believed cost him his law enforcement career. 

San Bernardino County sheriff's Detective Chad Johnson says he and others are intent on finding Dorner but also looking for other telltale signs of his whereabouts.

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