Slain Riverside Officer Remembered as Devoted Father, Marine

Michael Crain, 34, was the Riverside police officer allegedly ambushed by Christopher Jordan Dorner while on routine patrol last week, Riverside's police chief revealed Sunday.

Michael Crain, 34, was the Riverside police officer allegedly ambushed by Christopher Jordan 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 remains a mystery.

He was slain Thursday when the disgruntled former policeman allegedly ambushed two Riverside officers in their squad car at a traffic light next to the Riverside (91) Freeway. The second patrol officer was reportedly recovering with serious injuries and stable life signs, but his name was not released.

Crain was born in Anaheim but was raised in the Riverside area and graduated from Redlands High School in 1996, a Riverside police biography released Sunday stated.

Crain was the eldest of three children in his family and attended Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa after high school for about a year before joining the Marines. Crain served two tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, Toussaint said in his statement.

Crain was a squad leader and was promoted to the rank of sergeant during his service. He was stationed in Camp Pendleton in Oceanside where Crain taught military operations on urban terrain, Toussaint said.

Following his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Crain joined the Riverside Police Department and was sworn in on Aug. 24, 2001. During his 11 years of service Crain was a member of the department’s SWAT team and usually worked as a patrol officer.

—City News Service

JustUs February 12, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Komfort, there is so much overwhelming evidence that Obama's BC, ss number and selective service registration card are phony as a $3 bill that it's not even funny. The ss card number comes back to a specific individual who lived in Connecticut years ago. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to smell a big old steaming pile there. But the libs are in denial just as the Germans were in denial back in 1940. They wil continue to carry Obama's water for him until he finally destroys the entire nation. And even then they'll blame it on Bush. Martha hates it when someone else speaks the truth about something that she happens to promote on the other side of the equation. Instead of 'truth' she plas the "hate, condemnation and revenge' card which, of course, is far from the truth. But it's easy to lodge false attacks when that's the only card you got left. She won't debate the issue, but only attack the messenger like so many others on these boards. Enjoy your day, Komfort.
Constant Comment February 12, 2013 at 09:09 PM
@Marfa, who are you to "hate & condemn" anyone that does not agree with you? Try to stick to writing about the article instead of writing about another poster that you are obviously jealous of. This is not kindergarten and you are not Patch monitor. }~\
JustUs February 12, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Constant, I am very disappointed that Martha opts not debate the issues on this board while she takes the time to criticize other posters. That does not really honor the spirit of debate that should thrive on these boards. Afterall, we are here to share ideas and viewpoints. It is sad that Martha has taken this approach. I feel sorry for her.
The Teller of Truth February 12, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Are you kidding me? She's ALWAYS been this way! This is nothing new.
USMC February 13, 2013 at 09:19 PM
oorahhh! RIP brother


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