Surrounded: Alleged Cop Killer In Firefight With Police

Chris Dorner, the former Los Angeles Police Officer, who is accused of shooting five people last week and murdering three, including a police officer, has apparently been tracked down to a cabin near the 7 Oaks area near Big Bear Lake on Tuesday afternoon. So far at least two San Bernadino County sheriff’s deputies have been shot and wounded.

“There are deputies everywhere on the ground and on foot,” said Cindy Bachman, a San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

The Los Angeles Times reports,

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The shooting occurred after Dorner burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole a white pickup truck, sources said. San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller confirmed deputies responded to a vehicle theft about 12:20 p.m., and the resident who reported the theft said the suspect matched Dorner’s description.

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The U.S. Forest Service confirms there was an exchange of gunfire between officers on foot and the suspect, in the Santa Ana River drainage, north of State Highway 38 and south of Big Bear Valley. At least one officer of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was involved, said John Miller, San Bernardino National Forest spokesman. That officer is not believed to be injured.

Dorner’s status was not immediately known as the gunfight continued.

One reporter was caught in the crossfire.

The Times also reported, “Dorner crashed the truck during the ensuing chase and allegedly exchanged gunfire with the officers as he fled into another cabin, where he was quickly surrounded by San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies. The source said one deputy was hit as Dorner fired out of the cabin and a second was injured when Dorner exited the back of the cabin, deployed a smoke bomb and opened fire again in an apparent attempt to flee. Dorner was driven back inside the cabin, the source said.”

One has to wonder exactly why the LAPD is looking more like they have orders to “shoot to kill” rather than take Dorner into custody.

UPDATE: Cabin goes up in flames as deputy who was shot dies. CBS reports,

The cabin quadruple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner is believed to be holed up in is now fully engulfed in flames, according to KCAL9′s Carter Evans.

LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith Tuesday urged Dorner to turn himself in as a gun battle and barricade situation raged on in San Bernardino County.

“Enough is enough. It’s time to turn yourself in. End the bloodshed,” Smith said, adding that Dorner, who allegedly shot and killed his fourth victim — a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy — Tuesday afternoon, is holed up in a Seven Oaks cabin.

UPDATE: NBC Los Angeles reports,

One San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy was killed and another was wounded in a shootout before the standoff, according San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

At about 4:15 p.m., aerial video showed a structure on fire at the standoff location, Seven Oaks Mountain Cabins in the unincorporated community of Angelus Oaks (map). The cabins are about five miles southwest from the town of Big Bear, where Dorner’s burned-out vehicle was discovered Thursday.

It was not immediately clear how the fire started.

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UPDATE: A body has been removed from the cabin, believed to be Dorner.

BIG BEAR, Calif. — The man believed to be fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner never came out of a California mountain cabin, and a single shot was heard inside before the cabin was engulfed in flames. A body, believed to be Dormer’s, was removed from the cabin on Tuesday night.

The law enforcement official requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

Officials waited for the fire to burn out before approaching the ruins to search for the body.
“We have reason to believe that it is him,” San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said earlier.

UPDATE: Police give command to burn the cabin down

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