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Ex-Cop Christopher Dorner

May Have Bought Scuba

Tanks to AMBUSH Cops

2/12/2013 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ has learned ... alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner purchased a large scuba tank not for diving ... but to create his own air supply in case he was tear-gassed, which would allow him to ambush cops ... at least that is the main operating theory among law enforcement working on the case.

Although LAPD brass said at a news conference they were not in a position to confirm or deny Dorner is the person in the Feb 1st Sports Chalet surveillance video .... law enforcement sources connected to the case tell us they are "confident" Dorner is the man on the screen.  The reason the brass will not say definitively if it's Dorner is because the scuba gear was a cash transaction, but we're told they know it's him.

Our sources tell us ... they believe Dorner did NOT fill the 2 small oxygen tanks and buy a large one for the purpose of diving.  We're told they believe he knew he would end up being surrounded by cops while inside a building and they would probably use tear gas to subdue him. 

We're told cops believe Dorner -- who is quite familiar with LAPD tactics -- may well have made the purchase to create his own oxygen supply, so he could withstand a tear gas attack and then ambush unsuspecting officers who went in to subdue him.

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16.

Shannon    

Surely they jest.... Anyone can buy a gas mask over the counter.

429 days ago
17.

Proud2bBlack    

Clever Brotha! Run Dorner Run!

429 days ago
18.

Steve    

I don't know why you keep referring to the tanks as "oxygen." They are filled with compressed air which does in fact contain oxygen (20.95%) but they are not called in scuba terms "Oxygen tanks."

429 days ago
19.

Parker    

I bet this guy is dead by his own hands.....He is smart enough to know he will not come out of this alive.....Instead of a manhunt, they need to stat a search to recover the body........!

429 days ago
20.

small asian penis    

Don't believe the media!!!

429 days ago
21.

Gata    

"MAY HAVE" - why is all the news in the USA speculation??? If you don't have the answer why report???

429 days ago
22.

Mary226    

I hope this guy has killed himself by now. I think he is dead otherwise he would have killed more people because he was so enraged and out of control. I don't think he is in Mexico because he would stick out and pictures would have surfaced by now.

429 days ago
23.

Leighton    

I read Dorner's full manifesto and he's beyond psychotic--He passed psychosis awhile ago. And he's a little stupid from what I read. In the middle of his manifesto, he compliments the First Lady about her hair and requests that his brain be studied. WTF? He seems to be the literal and clinical definition of narcissism; Everything is about him. And, again, he's an idiot. He's an idiot with several guns.

429 days ago
24.

bon    

Are you people still believing what the media says, or the LAPD says. Have you not learned anything?

429 days ago
25.

Levette Haynes    

Harry Levin...just stop! Black folks got together to celebrate their accomplishments...and Jamie Foxx spoke in that context. We can not get our just due on any of your (European shows)...so we celebrate our own...remember..."Black History Month"...which no one is talking about...so Jamie Foxx has...and so what?

429 days ago
26.

Saby    

Why not just issue restraining orders (AKA temporary order of protection) against him - that's how the county government typically handles threats to citizens? Right, because those don't work!!! An example of how our law enforcement services suck.

429 days ago
27.

Sjango    

Wrong- he found an underground cave and he needs that to come and go csi mofos ha

429 days ago
28.

Sierraleonme    

Run brotha RUN /
you are OUR HERO
TMZ
put up a POLL

429 days ago
29.

Poopsi47    

lapd ****s up again

429 days ago
30.

Bob DaMahn    

Come on TMZ really? ambush,unsuspecting cops, if they go in they are EXPECTING to have to shoot him as well as chance they may get shot! De Loca unsuspecting!

429 days ago
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