The slain Riverside Police Department officer who was ambushed and killed by a man investigators believe was ex-LAPD officer-turned-fugitive Christopher Dorner was once stationed here in San Diego.
Officer Michael Crain, 34, was shot and killed in Riverside, Calif., on Feb. 7 as he sat with his partner at a stoplight in his patrol car.
Police believe Crain’s killer was Dorner, 33, the ex-LAPD officer accused of a series of revenge killings throughout Southern California. The Riverside officer's name was released Sunday during a press conference held by LAPD and other law enforcement agencies.
Dorner remains at large. LAPD officials offered a $1 million reward Sunday for any information leading to the capture and conviction of the fugitive at the center of the ongoing manhunt.
NBC 7 has learned that Crain was born in Anaheim and was an 11-year veteran of the Riverside police force. He's also a former Marine and war veteran.
Crain served two tours in Kuwait as a rifleman. He was a squad leader and was promoted to the rank of sergeant during his service, according to a statement from Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint
At one point, Crain was stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside where he taught military operations on urban terrain.
He was honorable discharged from the Marine Corps and joined the Riverside Police Department in August 2001.
Crain leaves behind a wife and two young children.
Check back for updates here on Crain’s connection to San Diego.