Tip from former LAPD mentor led to Dorner manhunt

Friday - 2/22/2013, 1:50am EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The training officer whose dispute with former Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner led to his firing said Thursday that it was her hunch that led police to name him as the suspect in the killing of an Orange County couple, setting off an intense and deadly manhunt that ended with Dorner's suicide in a mountain cabin.

"In my mind, it felt like such a long shot," said Teresa Evans. Dorner, her partner and trainee, had accused her of police brutality in 2008, leading to his dismissal for making false statements in 2009. "But my gut feeling made it a lot stronger than that. I just knew. Something told me that there was some kind of a connection."

On. Feb. 4, when few knew Dorner's name, police in National City near San Diego called Evans, saying they had found some of his belongings including ammunition, pieces of a police uniform and a notebook with her name in it.

"Just hearing his name was enough to make me feel sick," Evans said in an interview the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/X05dHQ ).

The same day she learned that Monica Quan, daughter of former LAPD Captain Randal Quan, and her fianc
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