Funeral for Slain Riverside Officer Scheduled for Wednesday

The names of the police officers ambushed on Thursday have not been released while the suspect, Christopher Jordan Dorner, is still on the loose.

The name of the Riverside police officer apparently slain by a vengeful Los Angeles officer still cannot be revealed, even as funeral plans are being finalized, police said Saturday.

The name of the 11-year veteran could be released by Monday night, said Lt. Guy Toussaint, the department’s public information officer, in an interview with City News Service.

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz requested that the fallen officer’s name be withheld by news media while the whereabouts of Christopher Jordan Dorner were unknown. Dorner is suspected of killing the officer in an assassination-style attack at a Riverside intersection Thursday.

The dead officer’s partner remained hospitalized Saturday, with serious injuries and stable life signs, Toussaint told CNS. His name has also been withheld.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Dr. That church was also the site of services for slain Riverside police Officer Ryan Patrick Bonaminio in November 2010.

Like that ceremony, the entire Riverside police force will turn out for Wednesday’s funeral, complete with an honor guard procession that will bear the 34-year-old patrolman’s casket to Riverside National Cemetery for internment.

While the police department pays homage to its slain brother, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is expected to handle all emergency calls in the city.

The unnamed officer was killed during an attack at the intersection of Arlington and Magnolia avenues around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Both he and his partner, identified only as a 27-year-old officer on a training detail, were struck in the upper bodies, according to Diaz.

Diaz described the shootings as a “cowardly ambush.”

Donations are being accepted to assist the family of the murdered officer. All checks should be made out to Riverside Police Officers Association Assistance Fund, or RPOA, and mailed to 1965 Chicago Ave., Suite B, Riverside, CA 92507.

-City News Service

Barbara Dye February 10, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Uncle Fester I was thinking the same thing. That is stupid to give all the details of the funeral. The only reason I can think of is, it is a way to draw Dorner out but at what cost to our sheriff department.
Brenda February 10, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Uncle Fester I was just thinking the same thing!! Actually my brain and mouth were screaming NO, dont print that, its worse then giving his NAME!!!
Jenna February 10, 2013 at 09:34 PM
That makes sense. They'll probably have a net around that church hoping he'll come but he probably will never be able to get close enough if the cops are in hiding. This whole story is starting to remind me of a novel I once read. Just heard they have offered a MILLION dollar reward. Wow.
Red Foreman February 11, 2013 at 07:07 AM
I agree that this was a cowardly act, but it was also a cowardly act to shoot two women delivering news papers and shooting a guy going to the beach because they all were in a truck. No warning just open fire and then tell them your sorry!! Really!!! Really!! I heard he was last seen in a stolen CHP cruiser. He was also disguised as a Calif. Highway Patrolman.
Current Events February 11, 2013 at 05:52 PM
His name is Officer Michael Crain.


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