Feb 13, 2013 – Christopher Dorner Dead: Former LAPD Officer Killed In Gunfight
America’s most wanted man Christopher Dorner was believed to have died as a mountain cabin he was holed up in was engulfed in flames following a raging gun battle with police.
Detectives refused to confirm early reports that a charred body was found inside the burning wreckage, but no-one was seen escaping from the building.
Firefighters said it was still “too hot” to go inside as the cabin continued to smoulder in the snow, and explosions thought to be caused by live ammunition were heard.
Dorner, 33, who is suspected of killing four people including two police officers, was believed to have barricaded himself inside the cabin for a final stand, bringing to an end a six-day manhunt in a picturesque skiing area east of Los Angeles.
After a chaotic end to the hunt the last movements of the sacked LAPD police officer, who had declared “war” on his own force, were slowly being pieced together.
He was thought to have hidden for days in an empty home next to a golf course on a residential street in the small town of Big Bear Lake.
When two women, believed to be a mother and teenage daughter, arrived to clean the property he tied them up.
It was not immediately clear when the women were tied up, but on Tuesday Dorner stole their purple Nissan vehicle and drove out of town.
He subsequently crashed that vehicle and carjacked a white pick-up truck, police said.
The 19-stone former Navy reservist was then spotted by a local game warden who exchanged gunfire with him.
Dorner was said to be leaning out the window driving at high speed and firing at the warden with a handgun.
He later dumped the white pick-up truck and and fled into the forest where he found the empty ski cabin, and was pinned down by police gunfire. One police officer was killed and another injured.
Officers broke the cabin’s windows, pumped in tear gas and called for Dorner to surrender over a loudspeaker.
When there was no reply they used a vehicle to tear down the cabin walls. A single gunshot was then heard before flames engulfed the building.
Los Angeles Police spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said: “We believe he is dead. We believe he was in that cabin. We believe he was burned up in that cabin.”
Dorner had posted an online manifesto claiming he was unfairly dismissed from his job in 2008, and that he was the victim of racism from colleagues.
On Feb 3 he is alleged to have shot dead Monica Quan, 28, the daughter of Randal Quan, a retired police captain who represented him at the tribunal when he was sacked.
On Thursday he shot dead a police officer before going into hiding.