When fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner went on his killing spree it drew the largest law enforcement response in San Bernardino County history — until the Dec. 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center. What they learned that week in February 2013 helped shape how emergency responders reacted at the IRC.
Law enforcement agencies from across Southern California, led by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, hunted Dorner after he implicated himself with an online manifesto in two murders.
Six days later, on Feb. 12, 2013, Dorner was killed during a shootout in a cabin near Angelus Oaks in the San Bernardino National Forest.
According to leaders of public safety departments who responded to both incidents, the lessons learned during the manhunt for the ex-LAPD officer turned cop killer helped stop IRC attackers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik before they could harm more people after killing 14 and wounding 22 others.
Consistency and communication across different departments are key, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, so that responding officers are able to work together the moment they arrive.
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