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Ex-Cop Christopher Dorner

Shops For Scuba Gear

2 Days Before Murders (VIDEO)

2/12/2013 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner went to a Southern California sporting goods store 2 days before he began his murder spree to purchase scuba equipment ... and TMZ has obtained the surveillance video.

Dorner went to Sports Chalet in Torrance -- a beachside community in the L.A. area -- on February 1st.  The video shows Dorner carrying in 2 small, yellow scuba tanks as he walks into the scuba section.  Sources tell us ... Dorner got the tanks refilled with oxygen.

The video then shows Dorner leaving the scuba section with the 2 yellow tanks, along with another large, black scuba tank.  Dorner then goes to the counter, and then has a friendly conversation with the cashier, at times laughing.

Dorner -- who was a member of a Naval undersea warfare unit -- pays cash for the items and then leaves.

The surveillance tape shows Dorner arriving at Sports Chalet at 9:21 PM and leaving at 9:38 PM, just as the store closed.

The bodies of the first 2 victims were found at 9 PM on February 3rd -- 48 hours after Dorner's trip to Sports Chalet.

What's really interesting ... Dorner reportedly tried stealing a boat in San Diego on February 6th ... where scuba gear might come in handy.  The plan was thwarted when the prop got tangled in a rope.

Sources tell TMZ ... the U.S. Marshals went to Sports Chalet Sunday and got a copy of the surveillance video. 

Law enforcement sources involved in the case have confirmed to TMZ ... the man in the video is indeed Dorner.  And, as one law enforcement source put it, the video is significant because "it shows what he was up to."


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May the shadow be on your side Dorner stay low bro

616 days ago

dawn garibay    


616 days ago

Hell If I Know    

I have a feeling this fat azz died up in the snow in Big Bear. Have any of you read his effing "manifesto"? He rambles and goes off on major tangents. One minute he talking about what a bad azz he is and how much damage he will do the the entire LAPD and the next minute he goes off about how much he loves Michelle Obama's bangs and now the temp in a room should never be over 68 degres.
I doubt that he went up to the mountains prepared for three feet of freshly fallen snow, which is what they got the night he was there. Doubt if this pr$ck had the though proper thought process to pack snow boots, down jackets, gloves and all the other crap you need to survive in freezing temps.

Hopefully we will find this fat pr$ck dead in a ditch when the snow melts. Somehow I doubt he would have been able to lay low thing long without making a move and with nobody seeing him at a gas station or at Mc Donalds buying a Double Big Mac with two orders of large fries..

616 days ago


Noooo! Dammit!

616 days ago


Ram-bro got his back up against da Wall!!!

616 days ago


i'm glad it's almost over. this man is a monster with a personal grudge, who blames the department for every issue he has under the sun. poor families....

616 days ago

Luis d    

SBSD should let LAPD take care of it so he could be taking out LAPD pigs instead of risking there men !! But no they have to play heroes !!! Go RAM BRO go!!! crook cops

616 days ago
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