There were clear signs Wednesday night that the stress and notoriety of being accused of killing a man and wounding two others had taken a significant personal toll on Lynwood police officer Brian Dorian.
Dorian joined family, friends and colleagues in a somber celebration at Benny's Place, a popular Lynwood bar and restaurant, but was very "closed off," a friend said.
"I've known Brian Dorian for a long time and he is not himself. He has got a thousand yard stare like he is coming back from war," said Tim Smith, Dorian's close friend and former sergeant in the Lynwood Police Department. "He's like a zombie."
Smith said Dorian isn't ready to speak publicly about being arrested and charged in connection with a two-state shooting spree that left one man dead and two others injured.
And he said that those gathered are still mindful that Dorian's release means the real killer is still at-large.
"Please don't think that we're celebrating and that we're callous about it," he said. "Everyone in there still has on their mind that there's a man dead and two people severely injured over this. And we're all thinking about them. There isn't a cop in there that doesn't want to go after this guy right now."
The dramatic turn of events have caused many to question the faith they'd put in Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, said Smith.
"We thought that, you know, these guys were John Wayne; they have integrity. They have honor. They have dignity. They're all these things and they would never do anything like this," he said.
Just about 48 hours prior, many of those same people gathered at Benny's Place to denounce the charges against Dorian and raise money for his defense.
Time-stamped receipts from purchases at businesses near his home and recorded activity on his home computer ultimately led to his release.