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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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121.

public censorship     

Rack'em up Chris the eyes of the world are upon you

431 days ago
122.

myopinion    

That man is out of the country! LMAO all the sitings of big bald black guys reported was hilarious! LAPD were closing stores, blocking streets they are on a wild goose chase and not to mention shooting random people SMH

431 days ago
123.

EpicMale    

This guy is a malignant narcissistic personality in its worst manifestation. He knows right from wrong, but thinks that his desires over ride the law and a moral code of conduct.

431 days ago
124.

MotorCityMama    

My question is, what abuse did he suffer at the hands of the L.A. Police Dept. that caused him to snap in the first place? Abusive bosses need to beware.

431 days ago
125.

Jericho Morton    

I would love to see that mess in a wetsuit.

431 days ago
126.

jokerchick    

he's wearing a sombrero in Mexico right now

431 days ago
127.

Cynic    

this clown lost the right to live when he decided to kill innocent people.. maybe he is swimming to mexico

431 days ago
128.

Socalpimp    

NAVY, SCUBA, Killing asian women...Police officer...are you sure this dude aint white?

431 days ago
129.

Garry    

"One is by land, two is by sea". All we need to know know, is, where is he? Did they recover ther scuba tanks in the burned out truck? If not, find the tanks and you might find Dorner. I have a clue! "I don't think he has much use for then in snow country"? That's just my thinking on the subject.

431 days ago
130.

Garry    

"One is by land, two is by sea". All we need to know know, is, where is he? Did they recover ther scuba tanks in the burned out truck? If not, find the tanks and you might find Dorner. I have a clue! "I don't think he has much use for then in snow country"? That's just my thinking on the subject.

431 days ago
131.

christmas808    

If the LAPD really think this man is in the water they are really dumb...so u mean to tell me this specially trained individual cant steal a boat...

431 days ago
132.

Dave    

And, as one law enforcement source put it, the video is significant because "it shows what he was up to."

so what was he up to? getting scuba tanks filled. that shows hes a desperate man. willing to kill.

431 days ago
133.

Applehead    

Not convinced the guy in the pic is him.

431 days ago
134.

jabberjaws    

They need to dig up dog the bounty hunter. yeah thats the ticket.

431 days ago
135.

Saby    

Wish he could've just recorded a few conversations or spent his energy gathering proof, rather than killing innocent people. I believe this man is truthful and I applaud his whistle-blowing, but he's creating the same fear I experienced with the DC sniper. Since that didn't end well I really hope he turns himself in.

431 days ago
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