UPDATE: Deputy wounded in gunbattle with ex-LA cop dies; cabin where ex-LA cop believed holed up aflame

Christopher Dorner (MGN Online)
Christopher Dorner (MGN Online)
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Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2013

BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) -- The cabin where a former police officer is believed to be holed up is on fire.

TV footage from the scene shows smoke pouring from the cabin.

Police surrounded the cabin in the snow-covered woods of Big Bear, a resort town about 80 miles east of Los Angeles where authorities have focused their hunt for Christopher Dorner since they said he had launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.

BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) -- San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon says one of two deputies wounded in a gunbattle with a man believed to be a fugitive ex-LA cop has died.

The gunbattle broke out in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles early Tuesday afternoon.

The area had been searched since fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner's pickup truck was found burned out near the Big Bear lake ski resort on Thursday.

Initial report:

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say the former Los Angeles police officer wanted for killing three people is holed up in a cabin miles from where his truck was found.

A sheriff's official says Christopher Dorner stole a vehicle Tuesday near Big Bear Lake, abandoned it after a chase, ran into the forest and barricaded himself in the cabin. He got into a gunfight with officers, two of whom were injured.

As the crow flies, it's about five miles from where Dorner's pickup was found Thursday, though a ridge with peaks topping 8,000 feet lies between the locations. By road, the areas are about 30 miles apart.

The manhunt for Dorner began Wednesday. In an online post, he targeted dozens of people he feels are responsible for his firing from the LAPD in 2008.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)



 
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