Local law enforcement officers were on the alert Thursday as warnings flooded the state that former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner apparently was shooting officers and their loved ones to avenge his firing.

Bakersfield Police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said his officers are treating the situation the same as any other dangerous suspect on the loose.

"Officers are being careful and aware of their surroundings, but organizationally we're not doing anything differently," he said.

Chief Deputy Kevin Zimmermann of the Kern County Sheriff's Office said as soon as the agency learned that the suspect was a former police officer, "We immediately tried to disseminate information and a photo to the field as quickly as possible because this guy has specialized training."

Zimmermann said there hasn't really been time for an emotional response to the news that Dorner was once a law enforcement colleague.

"We don't have the luxury of letting our emotions out when we're working," he said. "We just know that this person has big problems, and he's very dangerous."