Lynwood Cop Arrested in Honey Bee Killings

Brian Dorian, 37, charged with first degree murder

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    Will County

    Will County Sheriff's officers on Friday arrested a former Lynwood police officer suspected of shooting three men in an interstate crime spree earlier this week, said Illinois spokesman Pat Barry.

    Police arrested Brian Dorian, 37, at a Lynwood home where where he was staying, Barry said.  The Will County Sheriff Office obtained a warrant before executing the arrest.

    Dorian, of Crete, has been with the Lynwood Police Department since 2005 but is currently on medical leave with an injured shoulder.

    He's been charged with first degree murder in the two-state shooting spree and is being held on $2.5 million bond.

    Dorian's brother, Lance Dorian, told the Chicago Tribune that while he doesn't often speak to his brother, he doesn't think he's capable of the crimes of which he's accused.

    The shooting spree happened Tuesday when the gunman, now believed to be Dorian, shot and killed 45-year-old Rolando Alonso of Hammond, Ind., after asking him about building materials at a construction site. 

    Also shot was 19-year-old Josh Garza, of Dyer, Ind.  Garza was moved from  Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., because a reporter found his room and authorities feared for his safety after the incident.

    A third construction worker escaped by running into a nearby cornfield.

    The gunman then traveled 13 miles to the residence of farmer Keith Dahl and shot him after engaging in a conversation about honey bees, police said.  Ballistics technicians observed similar characteristics from bullets used at both incidents.

    The arrest will likely help ease the fears of many are residents who, for three days, said they were hunkering down and arming themselves.

    Dorian was involved in a fatal car accident in 2007. He collided with Dylan Drapeau, the valedictorian at Crete-Monee high school in February of that year. Drapeau died and Dorian was never charged with a crime. He was off duty at the time.

    The parents of the dead teen raised numerous concerns about the off-duty officer's story and sued him in civil court. The two cases don't initially appear to be related. 

    Neighbors called Dorian a nice guy, and said he looked carefree riding his motorcycle around the neighborhood Thursday.