Body believed to be ex-L.A. cop in burned cabin

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Posted on February 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 11:58 PM

BIG BEAR, Calif. -- A law enforcement source had told CBS News senior correspondent John Miller that a body in a burned cabin in Big Bear, California, is believed to be that of Christopher Dorner, the fired former LAPD officer who was suspected of earlier killing four people, and was also the subject of an intense manhunt.

However, despite earlier media reports, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith announced at a Tuesday evening press conference that the cabin was too hot for anybody to make entry, and that there has been no body located inside the cabin. The spokesman added that the cabin has yet been searched because the fire is still too hot for anyone to go in there. "No body has yet been found in there," he said, and also added that no body has been identified.

Smith also said that the LAPD will continue its high-profile protection detail of LAPD officers and their families identified as possible threats until there is confirmation that a body has been located and that it belongs to Dorner.

The cabin in which Dorner was believed to have barricaded himself in San Bernardino County, east of L.A, had been in flames, CBS Station KCAL Los Angeles reported. It followed an earlier shootout Tuesday afternoon that left one deputy killed and another wounded. That second deputy is undergoing surgery after being airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

A law enforcement official, who wished to remain anonymous because the investigation is ongoing, had told The Associated Press that the person believed to be the suspect never came out of the burning cabin.

CBS News correspondent Carter Evans, reported that tear gas was fired into the house, which was surrounded by authorities, before the fire broke out.

Dorner attracted a dragnet and a $1 million bounty on his head after three murders. Officials say he was targeting cops and their families in a rampage of revenge for his firing.

According to KCAL , Dorner reportedly broke into a couple's home and tied them up -- possibly days ago -- before stealing their vehicle and fleeing the scene Tuesday afternoon. He was spotted by authorities around 1:30 p.m. and repeated gunshots were exchanged on Glass Road.

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