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UPDATE: Crazed Ex-Cop Chris Dorner Believed Dead After Cabin Catches Fire

Posted on | February 12, 2013 | 22 Comments

UPDATE 9:30 p.m. ET: A single gunshot was reportedly heard from inside the cabin inside which fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner had barricaded himself. The cabin caught fire and burned out of control. Dorner is believed to be dead.

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Doug Sanders of the San Bernardino Sun reports:

Law enforcement are reportedly exchanging gunfire with a suspect in the Big Bear Lake area this afternoon following reports that fugitive Christopher Dorner may have stolen a truck in the area.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, U.S. Marshals Service deputies and FBI agents began rushing to the Big Bear Valley area after searching a cabin in the Arrowbear area.
Shortly before 1:30 p.m., police scanner traffic indicated that two officers had been shot in the gun battle. Media personnel in the area have reported hearing numerous shots fired in the area.
The law enforcement officers are part of the team searching for Christopher Jordan Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer who has been charged with the murder of Riverside police officer Michael Crain and is suspected of killing an Irvine couple.

UPDATE: The latest from CNN:

Two sheriff’s deputies have been wounded in a shootout with a suspect believed to be renegade ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, a high-ranking law official with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday.
The source says the suspect, believed to be Dorner, shot the deputies as police responded to a report of a home invasion and a carjacking in the Big Bear area of southern California.
After police got a description of the vehicle, police set up a road block, and Dorner approached the officers, the source says. Dorner then opened fire, wounding the two sheriff’s deputies, according to the source.
The official said Dorner was pinned down.

UPDATE II: The Los Angeles Times reports:

Christopher Dorner was engaged in a shootout with federal authorities in the Big Bear area Tuesday, a law enforcement source told The Times.
The shooting occurred after Dorner burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole their car, the source said.
It was not immediately clear whether Dorner was in custody.
A second source said there was an active crime scene but did not have details.
Law enforcement officials were swarming the area.

More blog reaction at Memeorandum.

UPDATE III: Additional details from the L.A. Times blog: Dorner is now reportedly barricaded inside a cabin after a shootout with cops in which “hundreds of rounds” were fired.

UPDATE IV: More details on how Dorner’s gun battle with police transpired:

Fugitive Christopher Dorner suddenly resurfaced Tuesday afternoon, engaging in a vehicle-to-vehicle gun battle with a California Department of Fish and Wildlife officer before holing up in a Big Bear-area cabin as dozens of officers homed in. . . .
Dorner was allegedly spotted by a state Fish and Wildlife offices in a white pickup truck. Dorner fired, and the officer returned fire. The officer was unharmed, but his truck was riddled with bullets.
Dorner crashed the truck and exchanged gunfire with the officers as he fled into a vacation cabin, where he was quickly surrounded by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, the source said.
The source said one deputy was wounded as Dorner fired out of the cabin and a second was injured when Dorner exited the back of the cabin, deployed a smoke grenade and opened fire again in an apparent attempt to flee. Dorner was driven back inside the cabin, the source said.

One deputy was reportedly killed and another wounded in the shootout.

UPDATE V: Did I ever mention I hate long standoffs?

You got your 15 minutes of fame already. We’re getting bored now.

UPDATE VI: USA Today confirms the deputy’s death:

One sheriff’s deputy died and another was wounded Tuesday afternoon during dramatic gunfight with the man authorities believe to be Christopher Dorner, the fugitive former Los Angeles cop wanted in three murders and a revenge shooting rampage across Southern California.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department confirmed earlier reports that a deputy was killed after authorities surrounded a cabin in the Big Bear ski resort area.The deputy, who has not been identified, died of his wounds at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Redlands.
It was unknown whether Dorner, a Navy veteran who was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department, had been hit by gunfire.

There is now smoke pouring out of the cabin where Dorner is holed up. It is not known whether Dorner has been killed.



22 Responses to “UPDATE: Crazed Ex-Cop Chris Dorner Believed Dead After Cabin Catches Fire”

  1. #ChrisDorner In StandOff With Police In Big Bear. Live Video Feed…Update | That Mr. G Guy's Blog
    February 12th, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

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  2. Mike G.
    February 12th, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    Dorner will either off himself or else it will be suicide by cop.

  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 12th, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    Preempts the SOTU, doesn’t it? Obama should call him and tell him to turn himself in for the benefit of his SOTU.

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 12th, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    If Dorner does turn himself in, wouldn’t it be ironic if he eventually gets a gig on MSNBC and then beats Piers Morgan in the ratings? Stranger things have happened.

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 12th, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    Seriously, I hope he turns himself in only to eventually show his claims of persecution are false and he is a cowardly douchebag just like his hero Piers Morgan.

  6. williambrown
    February 12th, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    So what we seem to have are numerous reports of badge totters of any description rushing to Arrowbear to reinforce the newly erected circular firing squad. Given recent PD displays of marksmanship, we can count on an absence of reporting about gunshot wound forensic details likewhose gun the bullet came out of after it was dug out of a cops body.

    Query; how is Dorner supposed to have hauled the “hundreds of rounds” fired into the area in the first place?

  7. DaveO
    February 12th, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    How do they really know it’s Dorner? It could be Rhea Perlman and Paula Deen, and all that smoke is butter with some turducken thrown in.
    If it is Dorner, I’d say his life expectancy is somewhere between now, and not making it to arraignment.

  8. Mike G.
    February 12th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    As I saw on Ace…could this be another Clinton/O.J. verdict moment?

  9. JeffS
    February 12th, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    More likely, the cops fired the hundreds of rounds. Suppressive fires are an effective means of reducing casualties.

    As for Dorner…..depends on his planning and equipment. It’s not uncommon for dismounted soldiers in full battle rattle to carry 8+1 full magazine, plus a spare bandolier. Say, 9 *30 + 120 = 390 rounds.

    Doable, especially for a crazed lunatic bent on killing cops.

  10. JeffS
    February 12th, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    Assuming he’s carrying an AR15 style rifle, I mean.

  11. JeffS
    February 12th, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    That’s sad to hear about the deputy. He didn’t deserve this end.

    Maybe Dorner will die in a fire. Sounds fitting to me.

  12. Bob Belvedere
    February 12th, 2013 @ 8:04 pm


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    February 12th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

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  14. DaveO
    February 12th, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    I am still wondering if they got the right person, or is this just another instance of showing us a body, too badly burned for recognition, so all the un-armed citizens will calm down and send more $$$ to the anti-gun laws.

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  16. Becca Lower
    February 12th, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Breaking: LAPD tells HLN that the body pulled out of the cabin is that of Christopher Dorner.

  17. Becca Lower
    February 12th, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

    Correction: CNN’s sources said that, and they weren’t correct, according to the police spokesperson.

  18. Gest
    February 12th, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    Yeah, the cabin just “caught fire”. This is Waco all over again. Another attack by a terrorist government.

  19. Adjoran
    February 13th, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    The thing I hate about all these suicide freaks is that they could just quietly eat their own guns at the beginning and leave everyone else the Fluke alone.

  20. K-Bob
    February 13th, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    Too right.

  21. K-Bob
    February 13th, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    What’s with all the conspiracy theories popping up? I mean, the fog of BS reporters laid down over Sandy Hook was bad enough, but are the kooks running the show now? I’m expecting some one to bust in with a theory that the Feds dropped a major incendiary device from a helicopter to just destroy “all the evidence of police corruption that Dorner had collected at great personal cost.”

    Sure. Maybe one of Harry Reid’s donors can design a nice crescent and star memorial at the cabin site.

    Can’t this just be an unfortunate operation to get Dorner, where some heroes were tragically killed?

  22. harrison bounell
    February 13th, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Weirdly enough,some of his supporters online,assuming they leave the basement,might take up his cause against the idiots in the LAPD.This could get very much worse very fast.Especially if the race baiters like Tawana Brawley’s ex-lawyer get involved,as involve they much.