LYNWOOD | The Lynwood police officer charged with murder in connection with last week's bistate shootings has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Lynwood Police Chief Russell Pearson said Tuesday morning.
"The officers and employees of the Lynwood Police Department extend our sympathy and prayers to the victims and families of these shootings," Pearson said in a statement issued Tuesday morning. "We, like all law enforcement personnel, want the offender caught and brought to justice."
Dorian, 37, of Crete is scheduled to make his initial court appearance in the case at 1:30 p.m. at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet.
"I hope everyone will not rush to judgment and remember every American including police officers accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around," Pearson said. "It is the evidence, which will prove innocence or guilt of Brian Dorian or anyone else being investigated for this crime."
Pearson said Dorian was placed on administrative leave as a result of the charges filed against him per department policy. Dorian has been on medical leave for more than a year due to a shoulder injury.
Dorian was arrested early Friday at his home in unincorporated Crete Township on Friday and is being held on $2.5 million bond on one count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Rolando Alonso, 45, of Hammond.
According to police and prosecutors, on Oct. 5, Alonso and Josh Garza, 19, of Dyer were working on a home in the 32000 block of Stony Island Avenue in Washington Township, Ill. near Beecher when they were approached by a man asking about building materials
The man left, then returned and opened fire, hitting both Garza and Alonso, police said. A family member of Garza's told The Times on Monday that the gunman said, "I don't envy you guys" before opening fire.
A third Rich Construction employee ran into a field and was not injured, police said.
Investigators said the gunman then drove to 201st and Cline avenues, south of Lowell, where he talked to farmer Keith Dahl, 64, about honeybees before shooting him three times.
Dahl was released from the hospital Friday.
Dorian has not been charged in connection with the Lake County crimes. On Monday, Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said he is waiting to hear from Lake County Sheriff's Police investigators and to receive "scientific evidence" before making a determination about charges on the Indiana side of the state line.
Also on Monday, friends and family members gathered at a Lynwood pub to show their support for Dorian, saying he is not the person who committed the crimes.
The group, sporting t-shirts with a picture of Dorian and the words "Free Brian" on the front, said they plan to attend today's hearing in Joliet.
Garza family members also plan to be in attendance, they said Monday.