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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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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31.

Adam    

So... the "Almighty America" can hunt down Hussein & Bin Laden... but not Dorner? What? No oil interest?

563 days ago
32.

Mikey    

He called the father of the women he killed and taunted him about her death.

563 days ago
33.

Applehead    

The tanks can allow you to breathe in any environment that lacks oxygen, not just under water. Tear gas?

563 days ago
34.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Sooo... where are all the black folks who are always reminding us that it's always white people who go on crazy far out murder sprees? lols :)

563 days ago
35.

sophiastormy    

He is still alive... he is waiting to pounce. Bet he is reading what's going on every day

563 days ago
36.

Ryan Lever    

lol

563 days ago
37.

Ryan Lever    

I wonder what this could be for?

563 days ago
38.

buzz kill    

Catch me, catch me if you can, I can run faster than you can.

563 days ago
39.

cookies    

This sounds like a job for DRONEMAN. Able to kill anyone, for any reason at any time. Only the Prez can activate him.

563 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

thats a good point timmy z a frog man xcop cop killing special ops,where is he getting his money food so on where does his back tracks into his past go?.he seemed like he hit and talked crap than ran.IF he is still running he will leave some tracks if he is dug in it could take years to find him.The la PD is so dirty but killing little girls in the name of being right is so wrong thats it`s crazy.I think he has a pipe line with some thugs or gangs and he will totally loose his reason for being and go all HIGH NOON

563 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

satellite drones he knows that all from his past he`ll try to stay off or under the radar grids but he is limited in movements to the east coast deep south and west coast due to his race profiles.I would think he will stay on his home battle feilds or get doffed by fed marshalls DOD and NSA

563 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

he`s not a cop KILLER he kills little girls so his cell will be hell fo life plus 400 million years backwards and forwards in time than maybe the kilroys will rebuild him again into some newer type of killer

563 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

he will be easy to find just super computer check his food lists he needs tons of food and eats just what? 400 pound man on the RUN? eats even more must buy food won`t eat out or drive though moms&pops food shops

563 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

his weight will still stay high and his diet will give him away and he will shop at mom&pops food stores off the grids so he is easy to get.if he drops 300 pounds than maybe it will take a couple of days to bust his fatass

563 days ago
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public censorship     

Christopher dorner killing them nazi cop's why should you care its all a mater of civilian casualties and how far he is wiling to go to . In some what clearing his name ? He could slip east but Washington DC he would know is a hotspot more cams the more east you go . If he was smart he is plotting his final attack and possible sloping into Mexico or Canada , just think about it he is smarter then most of u.

563 days ago
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