Chris Dorner manhunt: Riverside County lowers flags, calls prayer vigil

File photo of a California Highway Patrol badge with the mourning band, a symbol of respect for a fallen officer. (AP file photo)

Riverside County ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the Riverside police officer killed early Thursday.

The flags — the U.S., California and the POW — should be lowered across the county until sunset on Feb. 14.

The officer, who police have not identified publicly, was shot and killed, and a second officer shot and wounded.

The officers were ambushed while they were stopped at a red light, police said during a news conference.

A massive manhunt continues for the suspected gunman, identified by police as former Los Angeles officer Chris Dorner.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey invited the public to a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 7) outside Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main St.

Riverside County Board of Supervisors chairman John Benoit sent the following email Thursday afternoon:

Dear County Team Members -

As you know we have lost a brave police officer earlier today.  This brave officer was a member of the Riverside Police Department.  We are also hoping for the full recovery of another Riverside police officer who was wounded in the same shooting.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey has invited members of the county family to join with him and the members of the city of Riverside family for a Prayer Vigil at Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main St., at 6 p.m. tonight, Feb. 7.  I will be there and encourage you, your family and friends to attend.

A half-staff flag advisory is currently in effect in honor of the memory of the officer killed in the line of duty.  The flag of the United States, the State of California and the POW flag shall be flown at half-staff at all county-owned and leased facilities until sunset Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go to the family and friends of the fallen police officer.

Sincerely,

JOHN J. BENOIT

Chairman of the Board

Supervisor, Fourth District