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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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46.

getyalife    

I find this whole situation questionable. They are shooting innocent people behind this madness. They are putting more effort into Dorner than a missing child case. Sad...

527 days ago
47.

rudynjudyjudy    

Just track his FOOD trail and sound scan his donut muchin mouth anywhere in the world

527 days ago
48.

hoopee    

He's obviously using the oxygen tanks and is hiding underground somewhere. If he knew that Charlie Sheen wants to talk to him, he would turn himself over in a minute.

527 days ago
49.

rudynjudyjudy    

killing little girls an`t badtass and getting fired an`t a reason to be a bad cop also?

527 days ago
50.

MarinaMeadows    

Explain to me WHY NONE resources are use to STOP Corruption and Corrupts??? That is why this is what happening to my family and many, many families all over USA for Protesting on the Streets and expose Corruption and Corrupts, still we are KILL w/out GUNS!! We have been"Kill Alive"because of the Retaliation of some JUDGES! Read my tweets at pradera123 Watch video & make it Viral, so it does not happen to anybody else! If you do not believe me just try to place my short video where the world can see it, and you will see how you are Stopped, Blocked!!

527 days ago
51.

cookies    

This is a job for DRONE MAN - able to kill anyone for any reason, at any time. Only the Prez can activate him.

527 days ago
52.

namers    

What no Chris Brown or Beiber stories?

527 days ago
53.

diablito    

WTF! TMZ has this footage before LAPD, FBI?........ wait a minute..... TMZ are you trying to dip your hands on that 1 million dollar reward?

527 days ago
54.

BG22    

If you don't think he doesn't have a plan, you are sadly mistaken. He's been off work for quite a long time; long enough to formulate and execute (no pun intended) a very lengthy, deadly reign of death. Sadly he is trained in different skills that will aid him. This will not end well, I do not believe.

527 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

his life sucked and he wanted some fame same old ego nutjob new day FOOD is his vise and the food trail will be his needle injection

527 days ago
56.

public censorship     

Because the radically reformed new age white fascist s***bag nazi zombie of ''California'' cops don't want a sick and demented truth like so to come out they can do anything folks its called a Frame job . They want him dead and I think that's ****ed up he will .

527 days ago
57.

YourAnAsshole    

So all the blacks say this us one black man that has done this? What about the Malvo guy who shot up D.C a few years back. I'm pretty sure he was black....

527 days ago
58.

YourAnAsshole    

So all the blacks say this us one black man that has done this? What about the Malvo guy who shot up D.C a few years back. I'm pretty sure he was black....

527 days ago
59.

Mikey    

He really is insane. He's a black man who thinks he can swim and ski.

527 days ago
60.

Scotty1    

$1 Million Reward
For information leading to the ARREST AND
CONVICTION of Dorner

Ohhhh, Damn…. We
accidentally shot and killed him.
LAPD just needed your help finding him.

Sorry, no reward for you
Thank you

527 days ago
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