Chief Sergio Diaz of the Riverside, California Police Department announced that Patrol Officer Michael Crain, 34, was shot and killed as he and his partner were stopped at a red light.
The ambush style shooting occurred at the intersection of Magnolia and Arlington Avenues in the city of Riverside at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. The identity of this officer was released later than usual due to the ongoing investigation of his assailant.
The suspect is believed to be ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner who opened fire on their patrol vehicle fatally wounding Officer Crain and critically wounding his partner. Following the shooting, the suspect posted an online manifesto admitting to the shooting as well as two other shootings that resulted in the deaths of Monica Quan and Kevin Lawrence in Irvine.
Dorner vowed to seek revenge on many LAPD officers he felt were responsible for his dismissal from the department. Dorner also opened fire on other police officers as targets of opportunity. The region wide search for Dorner continues up until Tuesday, Feb. 12, where he was located at a Big Bear cabin.
Officer Michael Crain grew up in the Riverside area, graduated from Redlands High School in 1996 and attended Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa for one year before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, according to Lt. Guy Toussaint of the Riverside Police Department.
Crain was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who had been deployed twice to Kuwait in the late 1990s and early 2000. He served with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. He was an instructor at USMC Camp Pendleton specializing in Military Operations in Urban Terrain.
Crain was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, a Sea Service Deployment ribbon with a star, a Certificate of Commendation and a Rifle Marksmanship Badge during his military service.
Crain was honorably discharged and joined the Riverside Police Department. He was sworn in
Aug. 24, 2001.
Officer Crain served the Riverside Police Department for 11 years as a SWAT Officer, Field Training Officer, Firearm Instructor and Tactical Flight Officer in the helicopter Aviation Section.
Officer Crain is survived by his wife, Regina, their son, Ian, 10, and daughter, Kaitlyn, who is 4-years-old.
Officer Michael Crain was honored by friends and family on
Feb. 13 with a funeral procession that took place in Riverside.