Monday, February 11, 2013

Slain Riverside police officer identified as Marine veteran

Slain Riverside police officer identified as Marine veteran, father of 2
Michael Crain was stationed at Camp Pendleton
Posted: 02/11/2013
Last Updated: 12 hours ago
Michael Crain, 34, was the Riverside police officer allegedly ambushed by Christopher Dorner while on routine patrol last week, Riverside's police chief revealed Sunday.

Crain was an Inland Empire native with "a big heart" and loved spending time with wife Regina and their children Ian, 10, and Kaitlyn, 4.

Crain left "an unforgettable impression" on everyone he met, according to Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint.

"He loved attending dance recitals with his daughter and coaching his son's baseball team," Toussaint said. "He also loved his classic 1970 Chevy Nova, which he spent his spare time restoring."

Crain, a former active Marine and war veteran, was publicly identified Sunday for the first time by the department. His name had been withheld due to concerns about the danger presented by Dorner, whose location remained a mystery on Sunday.
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