Terie Evans, the sergeant for the LAPD who trained Christopher Dorner, called Irvine police in the middle of the night with a hunch. She implicated Dorner in the murder of a young Orange County woman and her fiancé days earlier.
Dorner accused Evans, 47, of police brutality in 2008, which led to his 2009 dismissal for making false statements. She knew Dorner was connected to the victim, Monica Quan, daughter of former LAPD captain Randal Quan, who represented Dorner during his disciplinary hearing.
Monday, Feb. 4, the day after Monica Quan and her fiancé Keith Lawrence were found shot to death in a car, an officer from a small department south of San Diego called Evans telling her that he had found pieces of a police uniform, ammunition, and a notebook with her name on it. The items appeared to belong to an LAPD officer by the name of Dorner. She told the officer the rookie cop had been her partner, but that the relationship ended badly after Dorner accused her of kicking a handcuffed man.
“In my mind, it felt like such a long shot,” Evans told the Los Angeles Times, “But my gut feeling made it a lot stronger than that. I just knew. Something told me that there was some kind of connection.”
She called Irvine police with her suspicions.
Despite feeling strongly about the connection, Evans was still shocked that Dorner was the right suspect. Knowing how upset he was after his dismissal, she was worried he would try to contact her.
“So, this was just validating the bad feeling I carried with me for years. I was scared to death,” she said.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Evans saved lives by helping police identify Dorner, before he could carry out more surprise attacks. When investigators discovered Dorner’s manifesto outlining his motives and intention to target LAPD officers and their families, Evans was told she and her family were not safe. They were put under guard by a police detail up until Dorner’s death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Big Bear cabin. However Evans has not yet returned to her home and continues to receive threats.
“I honestly don’t think my life will ever be normal the way it was before. This was such an extraordinary circumstance, I don’t know if I’m ever going to feel safe in my home again,” Evans said. “Years from now, my family could potentially still be at risk.”