CAMP PENDLETON – Michael Crain, the 34-year-old Riverside police officer allegedly slain in an ambush last week by fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, was a former Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton.
Crain, a father of two originally from Anaheim, 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 served two deployment tours in Kuwait as a rifleman with the Camp Pendleton-based 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines.
Crain then taught Military Operations in Urban Terrain at Camp Pendleton, according information provided by the Riverside Police Department. He 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.
Crain worked for the department for 11 years, before being fatally shot, allegedly by 33-year-old Dorner, early Thursday in an apparent ambush as he and a trainee officer were stopped at a stop light, according to Toussaint. The other officer was wounded.
Crain’s funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Grove Community Church in Riverside, Toussaint said.
Dorner, who remained at-large, has been the target of a weeklong manhunt and was charged today in Riverside County with capital murder in connection with Crain’s death.
According to Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, Dorner was also charged with three counts of attempted murder for allegedly wounding Crain’s partner and shooting at two LAPD officers in Corona, one who sustained a graze wound.
Dorner is also suspected of killing 28-year-old Monica Quan, the daughter of a former police captain who represented him in his failed job appeal, and her fiance, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, whose bodies were found in Lawrence’s car in the parking structure of their Irvine condominium building Feb. 3.
The next day, Dorner allegedly posted a manifesto on Facebook, vowing to kill several LAPD officers and their families. About 50 officers and their families are being watched, authorities said.
A $1 million reward was offered Sunday for information leading to the conviction of the accused triple-killer, who was begrudged about his dismissal from the LAPD five years ago.