LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In Southern California, a massive manhunt is underway for former police officer 33-year old Christopher Dorner, who is suspected of murdering three people, shooting four police officers and trying to hunt down others. One high school football coach here in Lubbock has a personal reason for following the story.
Before coming to Lubbock, Coronado assistant coach C. Ray Gregory was the head football coach at Southern Utah University. Between 1999 and 2001, Gregory coached Dorner after he walked on the team.
Gregory says that he keeps in close contact with past players. On Thursday morning, texts started flooding in from players telling him to check the news. Gregory quickly got online and realized his former wide receiver was the target of a statewide manhunt.
Gregory said the walk-on player made good grades and didn't cause problems on the teams. He never expected anything like this.
"He was never any trouble. He didn't seem to make a lot of friends of the team, but he was serious all the time. I didn't see anything like this coming, so I'm very shocked and I hate it for his family and all the people whose lives have been destroyed over it," Gregory said.
The coach says he wishes he could have done something to prevent this. He says he did all he could when they were in contact to make him a better man.