It looks as if the cop-killing, manifesto-writing nut in Cali has met his maker. I am not sure how long it will take them to positively I.D. him, but all signs point to the body being his. Law enforcement is in full backpedal mode, claiming that they did not intentionally burn down the cabin where the fugitive was hiding. Recorded evidence of the scanner feed with officers saying things like "Burn that f*cking house down", notwithstanding.
While the tension is lifting on the left coast, we have a bit of a fugitive situation here in north Texas. On Tuesday morning, a felon from Florida was being transported to Nevada for a court hearing or something. The felon was unruly on the first leg of air travel, so the airline said they could not board the connecting flight. In awesome Planes, Trains, and Automobiles fashion, the two officers traveling with the prisoner decided to rent a car and drive the rest of the way, from Houston to Las Vegas.
Skipping over the obvious - for instance, take a direct flight when transporting prisoners, I am struck by their idiotic decision to travel through Dallas. I understand they were meeting another officer at DFW airport, but everyone knows that you don't want to take the northern route from Texas to Vegas during the winter.
So, the coppers stopped at a Wal-Mart near the airport so that one could use the restroom. The officer that was left in the car with the prisoner got stabbed with a shank made of broken sunglasses, and the prisoner got away.
Accompanying the basic description are a few key points; the prisoner was wearing civilian clothes (another mistake), the clothes were not appropriate for the cool temperature, he only had one prison shoe on, and the man was in handcuffs and shackles and didn't get away with a key or a weapon.
Seriously, how hard could this guy be to find?
Until he makes some (other) stupid move that may indicate his whereabouts, my kids will go to school under their third day of a "soft" lock-down. In the meantime, everyone in my office is role playing what they would do, should they come face to face with this guy. Several guys went to the range for lunch and then came back to the office to change out carry guns to ones they thought more suited to this particular threat.
If this guy was in some sort of copy-cat mode from the Dorner case, he sure picked the wrong state to escape in.