The father of a Lynwood police officer on medical leave said Friday there's no way his son could be the man suspected of shooting three men in an interstate crime spree earlier this week.
Reached at his home in Lynwood, John Dorian said Will County authorities have an innocent man in jail.
"Will County better wake up to the fact that there is a law against false arrests. There's a shooter out there and they better go out and find that shooter before he shots somebody else."
Dorian's 37-year-old son, Brian Dorian, was arrested at about 1 a.m. at a home in Lynwood. The former officer had been with the department since 2005, but is currently on medical leave with an injured shoulder.
"He lost feeling in his right hand, where he could not even hold a gun and shoot it. He just went through surgery again to get his shoulder fixed," the impassioned father said.
Brian Dorian's arrest came after a manhunt spanning nearly three full days.
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.
Via photograph, Garza identified Dorian as his shooter, CBS Chicago reported.
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.
Investigators pulled Brian Dorian over in Schererville, Ind., hours after the shooting spree began because his truck matched the gunman's vehicle description but later released him, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Later that day, Dorian mentioned the incident on his Facebook page:
- 'Holy Crap!! I got pulled over in Schererville and ordered out at gunpoint because I matched this lunatic's description. I definately [sic] don't like being on the other side of gun barrels being pointed at me!"
Brian Dorian is currently being held in the Will County Jail, charged with a single count of first-degree murder. Authorities said they expect additional charges to be filed.
"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 Friday afternoon press event.
Authorities didn't reveal what led them to suspect Brian Dorian as the killer, nor did they release information as to what evidence they may have.