Ill. police officer’s father says son wasn’t responsible for shootings, couldn’t handle gun

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ill. officer’s father: Son couldn’t handle gun

LYNWOOD, Ill. — An Illinois police officer’s father says his son couldn’t be the person who killed one man and wounded two others this week in shootings on the Illinois-Indiana border.

John Dorian told the Associated Press on Friday that his son Brian “is not going to walk up and shoot anyone.”

John Dorian says police need to keep searching for the real gunman.

Illinois authorities have said Brian Dorian was arrested Friday on a murder warrant and is being held on $2.5 million bail.

John Dorian says his son had a .40 caliber handgun issued by the Lynwood Police Department, but he doubts he could have handled a gun because he has been on medical leave for a year with a shoulder injury.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

CRETE, Ill. (AP) — The parents of a teenager killed in a 2006 traffic accident involving police officer Brian Dorian say the officer’s arrest in another death is dredging up bitter memories.

Dorian was arrested Friday on a murder warrant in connection with a series of apparently random shootings along the Illinois-Indiana border that left one man dead and another two wounded.

Dorian was charged with speeding in the traffic accident that killed Kenneth and Sherry Drapeau’s son, 17-year-old Dylan.

Sherry Drapeau says Dorian never showed remorse or apologized.

The boy’s family had pushed for prosecutors to charge Dorian with reckless homicide in that case.

The 37-year-old Dorian, a Lynwood police officer on medical leave, is being held on $2.5 million bail.

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