Lynwood Cop Charged In Two-State Shooting Spree

Updated: Oct. 8, 2010, 3:58 p.m.

JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) – A Lynwood police officer is being held on $2.5 million bond in a two-state shooting spree, which left a man dead and two others wounded in Illinois and Indiana.

Brian Dorian, 37, of Crete, a Lynwood police officer currently on medical leave, was arrested by Will County Sheriff’s police on a charge of first-degree murder.

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Dorian was arrested about 1 a.m. at a home in Lynwood, according to Lake County, Ind., Police Chief Marco Kuyachich.

Lynwood police found Dorian’s truck in the village after they got a tip. Lynwood Police Deputy Chief Szymanski would not reveal the location where the truck was found, but said he believed Dorian already was in custody at that time.

“It’s always law enforcement’s worst nightmare when someone within the law enforcement community chooses to break the law,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said at a news conference to announce the charges. Authorities credited the public with helping to apprehend the suspect.

A police source tells CBS 2 that Dorian was a police officer in south suburban Lansing from 2003 to 2005, where he was described as “low-key” and never had any disciplinary issues.

After 2005, Dorian went to work for the Lynwood Police Department. Szymanski said Dorian has been with the department since 2005 but that he has been on medical leave for a shoulder injury since October 2009.

Officers who worked with Dorian from 2003 to 2005 said they were “shocked” and “blown away” by the news about Dorian, the source said.

There is nothing in Dorian’s past to suggest this type of behavior was possible, the source said.

Dorian’s arrest came one day after the Will County and Lake County, Ind., sheriff’s departments announced the formation of a joint task force to search for the gunman, and released a new sketch.

It is not known whether the latest composite sketch played a role in the location and arrest of a suspect.

During the manhunt, sheriff’s investigators were reportedly stopping any vehicle that even remotely resembled the Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup truck the suspect was seen driving after the shootings.

The gunman shot two construction workers near Beecher, Ill., killing one, and then shot and wounded a farmer in Lowell, Ind. He has been on the loose since Tuesday.

Two of the victims have been hospitalized since the Tuesday morning shootings. Farmer Keith Dahl, 62, is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point, Ind. He is expected to recover. Dahl survived the second of the two shootings by playing dead.

Also still hospitalized is Garza, who was initially taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in very critical condition. He was wounded in the first of the two shootings, which left another worker, Rolando Alonso, 45, of Hammond, dead.

In the first shooting Tuesday morning, Alonso, Garza and a third man were working on a repair job at a burned-out farmhouse at Stony Island Avenue and County Line Road near Beecher. The suspect drove up and asked about buying the place, then drove off.

A short time later, the man returned and asked about building materials. Then suddenly, without warning, he pulled out a .38 or .357 revolver and started shooting. Alonso, a father of 10, lost his life on only his second day on the job.

The killer also opened fire on a third construction worker, who escaped into a cornfield and called 911.

In the second shooting, the suspect approached Dahl at his farmhouse at near 201st Street and Cline Avenue, and asked for his wallet. Dahl refused. The suspect then said something about honeybees in the area, pulled a gun and shot Dahl three times; in the shoulder, the left arm and the elbow. He then robbed him. Dahl played dead and the suspect drove off.

Dorian’s history includes a conviction for speeding after a 2006 traffic accident in which a teenager was killed.

According to an attorney involved with the case, Dorian was driving a pickup truck more than 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on a Will County road when 17-year-old Dylan Drapeau pulled his car out into the path of Dorian’s pickup truck. Dorian, who did not have a stop sign, attempted to avoid a collision but could not, said Gregory DeBord, a former county prosecutor.

At the time, the boy’s family pushed for prosecutors to charge Dorian with reckless homicide, but DeBord said after an investigation that include an accident reconstruction, it was determined the only thing Dorian could be charged with was speeding. He said there was no indication that either of the two drivers had alcohol or drugs in their systems, and Drapeau failed to yield to traffic when he pulled his car into the intersection.

In 2008, the then chief of police in Lynwood, defended the investigation into the accident and the conclusions. David Palmer told the Chicago Tribune that Dorian admitted he was speeding and that he was doing so in an effort to rush for repairs after the “check engine” light started flashing.

After the accident, Dorian said he received harassing phone calls and threats that left him fearing for his life, Dorian’s neighbor in nearby Crete, Robin Schmitz, said. She said he was clearly shaken.

“But, she added, “He seemed to have gotten over the accident.”

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli, WBBM 780’s John Cody and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Katie

    That is good news. I can wait to see how they found him.

  • haiti

    he stopped recess for 2 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FR

    I say wrogful death lawsuit.

  • larry

    Yet another cop who thinks he can get away with whatever he wants. Oh, and he’s on medical leave? Shows you how that’s abused by cops as well. What an honest bunch of individuals police officers are.

    • Just Jim

      The fact this was a cop is irrelevant. If he was a mechanic or accountant, the news would have that much less to talk about. There are obviously mitigating circumstances to this, the story goes FAR deeper than anyone realizes and farther than can be adequately shown in a 60 second news byte. It is a horrible thing all around.

    • unknown

      i couldn’t agree more.

    • Sandy

      Obviously this man was on a medical leave. No one in their right mind would act like that. To group all police officers together as dishonest, is ignorant. The traumatic experiences our police officers endure on a daily basis can lead to post traumatic stress disorder. I send my prayers and deepest sympathy to these families.

      • eevierae

        Finally a voice of reason! Thank you Sandy, for sticking up for the men and women who put their lives on the line for us everyday!

  • Natasha

    Any chance he was also the Cline Ave. sniper from a couple years ago? I can’t remember if they ever caught that person.

  • Ken

    If it wasn’t for cops the killer would have never been caught.. You are an idiot to label police officers as individuals that abuse their powers.. I’m a cop and I have nothing but integrity when I put on my uniform. Next time when you’re in trouble, don’t call the police.

    • Disgusted

      “Next time when you’re in trouble, don’t call the police.”
      WOW. Way to negate all those things you said about your personal integrity. Anyone with integrity would not make such an idiotic statement. I am sorry to see an officer with such a vindictive attitude…..police should protect ALL innocent people, regardless of their political or personal views. That is what OUR tax dollars are paying you to do.

      My heart goes out to everyone involved in this terrible situation….and I know all the people in Lowell are resting a little easier tonight. Thank you to the brave people who caught him.

  • Bobbi70

    Don’t label ALL police officers as bad because of this man. They see a lot of tragedies during their work days and it’s a wonder more of them don’t have psycological problems. Our sympathies go out to all those involved, the victims and their families as well as the family of the accused. The victims can get money to compensate for their loss, even though there is no compensation to replace a father. The Officer’s family will have to deal with this tragedy, too.

  • corpusdlc

    lynwood is in illinois.. does the editor have a map?

  • The Oracle

    I don’t ever call ’em (cops). They never do anything to help anyway. They’re just too busy chasing doughnuts and speeders.

  • Ruby

    Brian Dorian killed my nephew, Dylan Drapeau, in a car accident on July 20, 2006. He was speeding and drunk, hitting Dylan’s car going 80 to 100 mph. He was off duty at the time and given special consideration (no tests) after declaring he was a police officer. We’re heart sick after hearing his name once again connected to someone’s death. Our sympathies and prayers to those who have been harmed by this man, especially for Rolando Alonso’s family. Nothing can compensate for this family’s loss.

  • Betty Jean Body

    Don’t label all police officers as uncaring. They are honest, hard-working individuals making a very dangerous living. We are all glad this bad seed was caught. Who knows what was going through his mind when he made this tragic decision to take lives.

  • fleabag

    If the cops had done their job, this guy would have been behind bars when he killed that poor innocent kid in the car crash. Driving drunk, speeding, and wreckless and the cops let him go. Nothing new. Cops thinking they are above the law and covering for other bad cops. I’m surprised they took down one of their own in this case.

  • Jen

    I knew him years ago. This is CRAZY! He crossed state lines so this is now going to be a federal case. He’s going away for a looooong time,.

    • Jack Steen

      He NEEDS to go away for a long time – and be CellMeat for the entire cellblock !

      Filthy PigKops that turnb out bad get SPECIAL TREATMENT in the Hoosegow !

  • Gail Rain

    Were the cops covering for Dorian? If so they regret now?

    Eyewitness Jeremy Davis, 24, of South Chicago Heights — who was southbound on the highway at the time of the accident — said Drapeau had stopped in the highway median, waiting to make a left turn, when he was hit.

    Dorian sped through a left turn onto Richton Road, attempting to beat Davis to the intersection but hitting Drapeau’s car, Davis told state police. After the accident, Dorian asked Davis if he had seen Drapeau “pull out in front of him” and identified himself as a police officer, Davis said.

    In a sworn statement, he said four men who may have witnessed the accident were told to leave the scene by police.

  • JackLink

    There are good cops, and there are bad cops. There are good politicians, and there are bad politicians. There are good priests……and so on…. One thing is certain. None of them can be expected to protect you from harm!

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  • larry

    Please. Cops milk the time off for medical leave. Anyone who deals with them in any capacity knows this. If this guy was still medically incapacitated and not able to work, then what’s he doing out and about shooting guns?

    As for the independent witness in the accident who implicated the cop, how can anyone be surprised they made him go away. Love the part about how he was speeding because it was an “emergency” because his check engine light was on. Lies. We’ve seen cops cover for cops all over the place in the news. And those are only the cases we know of. Think about all the cases that don’t get publicity. It’s a joke.

    Furthermore, watch how cops treat people on the street. No respect. They talk down to civilians. They mess with cab drivers for no reason. Never mind the racial element of that. How about purposely stopping and getting rear ended by cabs so they can go on leave? Yup, you bet.

    I’d go on, but it’s boring. Oh, and don’t protect me next time I need it. Way to go, oh public servant.

    • Sandy

      Watch how cops treat people on the street? Are they as bad as cab drivers are to the other drivers on the road? This explains your attitude. So you rear ended a police car? Do you honestly know how many officers are injured in the line of duty? How many police that are paralyzed from gun shots, permanently disabled. So how is it you know all about all these cops who milk the system? You would have to have first hand knowledge. Maybe it’s just stories you heard in your cab?

      • larry

        Sandy, you need to learn how to read. Never, ever, anywhere did I say I rear ended a police car. Never, ever did I saw I had a cab. Please learn to read before making silly responses. This discussion is about police officers – not cab drivers. Stay on topic after you learn to read. Thanks.

  • cops wife

    Larry, you truly are an idiot! not all police officers are bad and to speak of them that was is just wrong! Would it be fair to say that all guys named “larry” are idiots just because of you?

    • larry

      Learn to read. I never said all cops are bad, but I’ve seen first hand and have heard from police officers how the system is milked as far as time off goes and how they cover for one another. Call me names all you want. All you’re doing is embarrassing yourself and representing your lack of maturity. Hope this helps.

  • cops wife

    Our prayers go out to the families affected by this terrible tragedy and other tragedies caused by this horrible individual.

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  • Kevin

    without question this is a good example of why people of this nature should not be allowed to be on our planet. Eliminate all those incarcerated that have killed and are serving life terms. They serve no purpose to society what so ever other than being a threat. Make them a number and clean up our planet. We have no use for those who intentionally kill others for no reason other than to eliminate them. The world would be a lot safer if people knew that if they killed they were digging their graves as well.

  • I-ask-y

    Excusing bad behavior is inexcusable! If you are not a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem, and there has been a growing pandemic of officers breaking laws that they are sworn to uphold….where is the outcry and condemnation from the Fraternal Order of Police??

  • MMc

    I know this guy. I went to school with him. I also spoke with him about a week before all of this happened. I’m sorry, but I don’t believe that Brian is capable of doing something like this. I mean, seriously. Where is the MOTIVE?

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