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LA Police: Normal Operations Resume After Search for Ex-Cop

UPDATED Wednesday, February 13, 2013 -- 10:45 a.m.

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles police say their department has returned to normal patrol operations, the day after a shootout and fire in the San Bernardino Mountains is believed to have claimed the life of former cop Christopher Dorner.

He's accused in a deadly rampage that took four lives, including the life of a deputy who was killed in the shootout yesterday.

A charred body was found in the basement of the cabin where Dorner apparently made his last stand yesterday. It hasn't been formally identified.

Until that happens, police say some of the dozens of protective details that were set up, to guard against attacks on targets that had been identified by Dorner in a written manifesto, will remain in place.

Police had scoured the area around Big Bear Lake for days, after Dorner's burned-out pickup truck was found there last week -- with a broken axle.

It now appears that Dorner spent most of that time hiding in a vacation cabin across the street from the command post.

The break came yesterday with word that a man matching Dorner's description had tied up two people in a cabin, stolen their car and fled. Dorner was spotted a short time later, leading to a chase and then the shootout.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- 11:25 p.m.

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press a charred body has been found in the burned cabin where a fugitive ex-cop is believed to have been in a standoff with sheriff's deputies.

The official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing says the body was found at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Later, a police official in Los Angles said a body had not been found.

Authorities said earlier they believed the man in the cabin was Christopher Dorner. He has been on the run since they say he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.

Officials will be looking for identifying marks such as tattoos before confirming the identity.

Police say Dorner killed four people, including a deputy on Tuesday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 12, 2013 --- 6:38 p.m.

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

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 12, 2013 --- 5:26 p.m.

BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles police are asking a former colleague who's believed to be barricaded in the San Bernardino Mountains to turn himself in and end the bloodshed.

LAPD held a brief news conference Tuesday, confirming that authorities think it's Christopher Dorner who's holed up in a cabin in the Big Bear Lake area, after a shootout that wounded two officers.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith asked news agencies not to broadcast live reports because the person in the cabin might be watching television.

He urged Dorner to surrender, saying "Enough is enough."

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 12, 2013 --- 4:16 p.m.

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer is barricaded in a cabin in the Southern California mountains.

Someone in the Big Bear Lake area reported a stolen vehicle Tuesday and described the suspect as looking very similar to Christopher Dorner.

The vehicle was found and the person ran into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin.

Authorities say a short time later there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect.

Two law enforcement officers are being airlifted to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 12, 2013 --- 4:07 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two law officers have reportedly been wounded in a gunfight in the mountains east of Los Angeles with a person believed to be a former Los Angeles police officer.

State Fish and Wildlife Assistant Chief Dan Sforza tells KCAL-TV that two officers were wounded in the shootout. It's not clear which agency they belong to.

Sforza says game wardens spotted Christopher Dorner in a vehicle on Highway 38 and attempted to pull him over.

Gunfire was exchanged. Dorner bailed out of the vehicle and ran into the woods.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 12, 2013 --- 3:45 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There's word of a shootout in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains -- involving police and a man believed to be the former Los Angeles police officer who is wanted in connection with three killings.

A law enforcement official says a man believed to be Christopher Dorner committed a burglary at a cabin, and had a couple tied up there. One was able to get away and make a call. Authorities responded, and gave chase when the man believed to be Dorner fled in a stolen vehicle. Gunfire was exchanged.

The area is in the Big Bear region, where a search for Dorner has been under way since his pickup truck was found there on Thursday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2013 --- 3:39 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A law enforcement official says a person believed to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings has exchanged gunfire with authorities in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The officer requested anonymity because the officer was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

The officer tells The Associated Press it's believed Christopher Dorner committed a residential burglary of a cabin and had a couple tied up in the cabin. One was able to get away and make a call.

Authorities responded to the location and gave chase Tuesday when Dorner fled in a stolen car. Gunfire was exchanged.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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