Friday, October 8, 2010

Chicago Tribune-Cop Arrested In Illinois Shooting Spree

Brian E. Dorian, a Lynwood, Ill. cop accused of a shooting spree in which one person died: Chicago Tribune

(Story reported by Steve Schmadeke, Joel Hood, Mary Owen and Andrew L. Wang, for the Chicago Tribune.)

A Lynwood police officer has been arrested in connection with the shooting of three people, one fatally, along the Illinois-Indiana border this week, authorities say.

Brian Dorian, 37, was arrested at his home in Crete after a warrant was served at a home in south suburban Lynwood, according to the Will County sheriff's office.

He has been charged with a single count of first-degree murder in the death of Rolando Alonso, but prosecutors in Will and Lake County, Ind., said they expect more charges to be filed in connection with shootings that injured two other men. Dorian is being held at the Will County Jail, where he is being questioned by detectives from both counties.

At a press conference this afternoon, authorities would not detail what led them to Dorian, but said his police background made the alleged crimes that much more horrifying.

"It's always law enforcement's worst nightmare when somebody within the law enforcement community chooses to break the law," said Will County State's attorney James Glasgow.

Dorian is being held on $2.5 million bail.

Lynwood Police Chief Russell Pearson said Dorian has been with the department since 2005. He has been on leave since October 2009 after sustaining a shoulder injury while on duty.

Lance Dorian said he doesn't speak to his brother very often, but doesn't think he's capable of the crimes he's being accused of.

"He's not the guy, he wouldn't be involved with something like this," Lance Dorian said from the family's home near Lynwood.

Lance Dorian said he's been following news coverage of the shootings this week, but "in no way did I think it was connected to my family."

"My son would never do that," Dorian's father John told reporters. "They don't have the shooter."

(Click here to read the full story on the Chicago Tribune website.)

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