RIVERSIDE – A Riverside police officer shot in the same car-to-car ambush that killed an 11-year police veteran was identified today as 27-year- old Andrew Tachias.
Tachias was wounded when he and his partner, 34-year-old Officer Michael Daniel Crain, were fired on as they sat in their patrol unit waiting for a light to change around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 7.
The alleged perpetrator, fired Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, died Tuesday following a gun battle with law enforcement officers who cornered him in a cabin near Big Bear.
Tachias is recovering from his wounds and listed in stable condition at Riverside Community Hospital, according to Riverside Police Department Lt. Guy Toussaint.
Tachias was sworn in as an RPD patrolman on Dec. 21 after transferring from the Inglewood Police Department, where he worked from February 2010 to December 2012. Tachias was a community service officer at UC Riverside before graduating in 2009, according to Toussaint.
Tachias was born in West Covina.
Dorner’s remains were positively identified today after being dug out of the remnants of the cabin in which he barricaded himself Tuesday afternoon and possibly burned to the ground.
The 33-year-old is suspected in a killing spree that began the night of Feb. 3, with the slayings of a college basketball coach and her fiance in Irvine.
Dorner allegedly engaged two LAPD officers in a gunfight outside a Corona home around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, leaving one of the men with a minor head wound.
The officers were on a protective detail, keeping an eye on an individual believed to be one of Dorner’s potential targets based on an online ”manifesto” he had posted vowing revenge for his termination from the police department.
According to Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz, Crain and Tachias were idling at the intersection of Magnolia and Arlington avenues when Dorner — coming from the opposite direction — shot multiple rifle rounds through the men’s windshield.
Crain died at the scene. He was buried Wednesday.
Diaz told reporters that Dorner likely attacked the patrolmen in the belief they might attempt to intercept him before he could reach the freeway to make his getaway after the shootout in Corona.
During Tuesday’s gun battle in Seven Oaks, Dorner and law enforcement officers traded gunfire for a period, during which San Bernardino County sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay, 35, was killed, and Deputy Alex Collins was wounded. Collins was expected to make a full recovery.