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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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106.

Me    

The people claiming that it "can't be oxygen" tanks seem to ignore what is a closed circuit scuba, which use oxygen to recycle the diver exhausted breath, and are notably used by the navy...

617 days ago
107.

steve    

Finish the job Chris! Stay on task!!!

617 days ago
108.

Joan K    

I hope they find this POS and take him out so the state doesn't have to pay for some trial when we all know what this idiot did.

617 days ago
109.

savoirfaireoohlala!    

They're not going to find him he's too well trained at not being found. My question is when is the navy going to step in clearly dude is AWOL

617 days ago
110.

ohreally    

He's long gone, and he'll be back too.. They will not find this man.

617 days ago
111.

Catrina     

Although I do not condone killing innocent people, I believe he's telling the truth! Read the manifesto...

617 days ago
112.

oink    

3/4 of the Cops in the LAPD need to be in Jail, FKin crooked Cops..

617 days ago
113.

Anna    

I honestly believe that this man is telling the truth. I think he was done wrong by the LAPD and now he wants to expose their dirty laundy and LAPD does not want him to talk so I think that is why they shot those women without warning because they want to shoot and kill him. I dont think they are going to let him come out alive. LAPD has something to hide and dont want this man talking so they want to take him out and use the media to expose him as a very dangerous man. Put fear in people saying he's dangerous. I think he's not targeting the public. He knows who he was going after. LAPD is definately corrupt. This man just wants justice!

617 days ago
114.

tohottie    

Dammmmm, this dude is HUGE!!!!!!!!!

617 days ago
115.

cookies    

We Americans are really the ****ing stupidist people on the planet. The man hired to kill bin laden ends up penniless, and decides to go on a rampage that his country trained him how to do.

617 days ago
116.

jayebird    

While murder is NOT the right approach to take, EVER, I am glad that this guy is showing the corruption that is rampant in America now. Our government has passed legislation over the past two years that nullifies the Bill of Rights and militarizes local law enforcement... thus allowing police to shoot first and ask questions later. No trial, no representation, no jury. It's f'd up and it needs to be exposed and brought to an end. Americans feel too safe and secure in the supposed goodness of our government, when our government has declared us ALL it's enemy. :(

617 days ago
117.

4reallikecomon    

THIS GUY IS MY HERO!!

617 days ago
118.

Proud2bBlack    

Love You Christopher Dorner, some of do understand your plight. And many of us believe what you've said to be true. I wished I could be so luck to come across your path and provide you a good hot meal, then I would allow you to record a full statement so that everyone could hear the truth about what you know regarding the LAPD. Whatever and however you decide to end things, I'll never forget you.

617 days ago
119.

The Bear    

He's going to get away-------

617 days ago
120.

oink    

If i seen him, I would NOT REPORT IT. FK the LAPD

617 days ago
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