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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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91.

Marcia    

so we forget that maybe he got screwed over for actually doing the right thing... oh yes finally he killed people and now we can make him out to be evil... what the hell... am so done with the way this world turns!

436 days ago
92.

cobrazombie    

So, he will probably end up dead. And the LAPD will continue to be corrupt and lacking morals. Something wrong with this picture.

436 days ago
93.

NOT ELMO    

he is probably dead already, because between the FBI, The K-9 UNITS and The SWAT haven't found him plus a $1 Million Reward and NO Signs of Him..............DeadMan.

436 days ago
94.

jabberjaws    

Where r the hollywood starwackers?

436 days ago
95.

Scary    

I can't say that I'm surprised that many of the comments on this site seem to be in support of Dorner. He may/may not have been a victim at one time - that does not justify the murder of innocent people. Once he became a killer, any claim he may have had for sympathy disappeared. Do we feel sorry for Manson? He had a messed up childhood. What about John Wayne Gacy? He was also abused as a child. Most, if not all, people have some degree of sh*t that they deal with, but most people do not become killers because of it. Killing is a coward's way out, there is nothing heroic in cold-blooded murder. It's disgusting that so many here are cheering him on. Absolutely disgusting.

436 days ago
96.

Me    

So he took the large toward mexico five days ago, when his ID papers were found near the Tijuana border, "simply" diving?

436 days ago
97.

rudynjudyjudy    

LITTLE GIRL MURDER 400 pound MCslide running for his self made worthless life,he`s NOT in mexico they would beat him to death in the streets and hack up his DOA body as thye do to anyone whom hurts little girls.FOOD trail right back to his phatass

436 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

the LA PD has been crime riden since the 1930s he just found out? him getting fired from it was a good thing until he went nuts and killed a child,he just wants his 20 mins of fame like all masse murders

436 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

killing kids of bad cops doesnt make him good sane or free and it sure would`nt have made him a good cop.So he was fired he didn`t want to be there said they were bad he should have quit and sued

436 days ago
100.

Bolivar    

Looking forward to seeing that fat punk filled with bullet holes...

436 days ago
101.

en Todo Momento!!    

oh no. how far can he swim with that?... threat level: global.

436 days ago
102.

Mrugowsky    

Cop killing cops? Sounds like poetic justice.

436 days ago
103.

laffnbear    

--------Scuba tanks are noy fillrf with oxygen, rather they are typically filled with ambient air. They may be filled with exotic gas mixtures for unusual dive conditions.

436 days ago
104.

Saby    

Can't wait until he's dead.

436 days ago
105.

oink    

TMZ he also went to the toilet and took a ****, wheres the report on it ?

436 days ago
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