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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

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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617 days ago


in one one

617 days ago

Wow ...    

Time for this man to come out of hiding and turn himself in. He is upset with LAPD, so be it. But he has the cities, mountain communities and kids scared sh!tless. Though he seems to want this kind of coverage. If he really was a man of men, he would step out and say here I am! Enough.

617 days ago


Is the Christopher Big Black Boykins? Do work son.

617 days ago


Another worthless human being. Dude kills a girl and her fiance and people call him a hero. Shocking, considering the couple he murdered weren't even White. Hate the LAPD all you want, but don't make innocent people martyrs for your murderous cause. Dude is snorkeling in Mexico probably. LMAO, if he thought American cops were corrupt, wait till he gets a load of those guys South of the border. Those cops will kidnap you and kill you for money down there, a no one will ever know about it.

617 days ago

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Can't wait for someone to blast that Stay Puft Marshmallow-lookin mother f***er. I hope the law gets him before the coward gets to take his own pathetic life.

617 days ago


I hope he's found alive. If you read his manifesto, he sounds less like a madman and more like someone driven to desperation by the rampant corruption and institutionalized violence within the southern Cali police department.
Saying that, he should not have murdered the innocent victims he did, and should have to serve time for that. His reasons for doing so however need to be investigated.

617 days ago


remember when the LA cops shoot up a truck with two innocent women in it thinking it was this guy

617 days ago


I love sport chalet

617 days ago


read the manifesto and learn why for your self.

617 days ago


looks like he is taking his talents to south beach

617 days ago


U guys are never gonna catch mu dad even though i never met him i know his heart

617 days ago


He isnt hard to find i mean think america think put yourself in the shoes of a sociapath think of the number 3 movie in america in 2009 mow u have your answer haha

617 days ago


this guy is awesome

617 days ago


the liberals and liberal media are making this guy into a victim.if he was white and was against gay rights he would be made into a monster.

617 days ago
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