Official: Charred body in ruins of cabin where wanted suspect barried carried himself

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 2:33 AM

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — His "warfare" is apparently over.

A law enforcement official tells the AP that a charred body inside the ruins of a mountain cabin that went up in flames is believed to be that of former Los Angeles Police officer Christopher Dorner, suspected in four killings. Other agencies say a body has yet to be found.

Authorities say a man matching Dorner's description fled from a stolen vehicle after a gunbattle and barricaded himself in the cabin in the San Bernardino mountains east of Los Angeles. Two deputies were wounded in a second gunbattle and were airlifted to a hospital where one of them died. The second is expected to survive.

An official said a single gunshot was heard from within the cabin. Authorities say no one ever emerged. Live TV coverage showed billowing smoke and then intense flames. TV helicopters showed the fire burning freely with no apparent effort to extinguish it.

According to the official, a SWAT team surrounded the cabin and used an armored vehicle to break out the cabin windows. Officers then pumped a gas into the cabin and blasted a message over a loudspeaker telling the suspect to surrender. The official said the armored vehicle then tore down each of the cabin's four walls.

The search of the Big Bear area started Thursday when Dorner's burned-out pickup was located.

His online manifesto swore revenge for what he claimed was an unjust firing.

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329-a-15-(Commander Andrew Smith, Los Angeles Police Department, at news conference)-"body's been located"-Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith says authorities have not yet located suspect Christopher Dorner. ((watch for dating)) (12 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *329 (02/12/13)>> 00:15 "body's been located"

311-a-08-(Greg Millar, resident, who lives near police roadblock, in AP interview)-"it that way"-Area resident Greg Millar says he didn't expect Christopher Dorner to surrender to authorities. ((watch for dating)) (12 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *311 (02/12/13)>> 00:08 "it that way"

310-a-14-(Greg Millar, resident, who lives near police roadblock, in AP interview)-"with the weather"-Area resident Greg Millar says he didn't expect ex-Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner to still be in the area. (12 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *310 (02/12/13)>> 00:14 "with the weather"

282-a-13-(Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-ah-ry-GOH'-sah), at news conference)-"of Christopher Dorner"-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he feels for the families of current and former members of the Los Angeles Police Department who were targeted. (12 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *282 (02/12/13)>> 00:13 "of Christopher Dorner"

280-a-12-(Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-ah-ry-GOH'-sah), at news conference)-"with their family"-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the city prays for the county deputy who was wounded, and mourns for the county deputy killed in a shootout. (12 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *280 (02/12/13)>> 00:12 "with their family"

281-a-15-(Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-ah-ry-GOH'-sah), at news conference)-"Dorner to justice"-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the deputies' sacrifice will always be remembered. (12 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *281 (02/12/13)>> 00:15 "Dorner to justice"

278-a-09-(Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, at news conference)-"of three others"-San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman says police don't have a positive identity yet, but they believe the armed suspect who killed a deputy in a shootout today is the fugitive former policeman. ((watch for dating)) (12 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *278 (02/12/13)>> 00:09 "of three others"

277-a-07-(Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, at news conference)-"no other gunfire"-San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman says there was no communication with the suspect after the fire started in the cabin. (12 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *277 (02/12/13)>> 00:07 "no other gunfire"

279-a-07-(Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, at news conference)-"is in surgery"-San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman says the suspect allegedly fired at two Fish and Wildlife wardens, and later, at two deputies who spotted him. ((watch for dating)) (12 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *279 (02/12/13)>> 00:07 "is in surgery"

APPHOTO NY121: In this image taken from video provided by KABC-TV, the cabin in Big Bear, Calif. where ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to be barricaded inside is in flames Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/KABC-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT: KABC-TV (12 Feb 2013)

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