Special Section: Christopher Dorner
The Navy Reserve veteran accused of four homicides and three non-fatal shootings, and was the focus of California's largest manhunt, may not be eligible for a funeral with military honors.
Christopher Jordan Dorner, who previously held a naval rank of lieutenant, died in a fiery standoff with law enforcement in the San Bernardino Mountains on Feb. 12 after declaring open warfare and publicly targeting police and their families.
He was honorably discharged from the Navy Reserve before allegedly setting off on a rampage that would end in his own death.
According to the eligibility standards of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under Article 38, federal officials may not inter in veterans cemeteries people who are shown to have committed a federal or state capital crime but were unavailable for trial due to death or flight to avoid prosecution.
All federally funded state veterans cemeteries must also adhere to this law.
This prohibition is also extended to furnishing a Presidential Memorial Certificate, a burial flag, and a headstone or marker.
"The decision if he (Dorner) would be allowed a burial with military honors would have to come from the regional Veterans Administration office in Los Angeles," said Robert Milacek, office manager at the San Bernardino Veteran Center.
Calls placed to the Los Angeles office of the Veteran's Administration for comment were never returned.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said Dorner may have taken his own life, but the Riverside County Coroner's Office that conducted Dorner's autopsy has not yet released its report to the public.
Dorner's remains were identified by means of dental records.
The details of when and where Dorner will be buried have not been released, but Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, said the body was turned over to an undisclosed mortuary on Feb. 16.
Dorner is accused in the murders of Monica Quan and her fiance Keith Lawernce, Riverside police Officer Michael Crain and San Bernardino County sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay during a violent escapade in early February.
He placed his now infamous manifesto online which prompted the LAPD to place protective details on about 50 families named in his uninhibited document.
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