Dorner Found in CA cabin, Gun Battle Ensues
Update 8:30 pm MT: Manhunt over. A charred body has been removed from the cabin. It is believed to be Dorner. See my update below at 5:17 pm -- the shot referred to on the police scanner was Dormer killing himself.
Update 6:20 pm MT: Reports SWAT team is moving out. No definitive word on whether he is in the cabin, dead or alive. Time for State of the Union.
Update 6:00 pm MT: Great thread of scanner communications. The cabin has collapsed. Reports are that Dorner is not inside. There is no confirmation he has been killed.
Update 5:45 pm: Several reports Dorner is dead. The scanner just went down. Cabin is engulfed in flames. News conference momentarily. [More...]
Update 5:40 pm: Officer on scanner asks "You ready for fire?" Response: No. Fire is containing itself but still smoldering. "Stand by."
Update 5:30 pm: Swat team has started using flash bang grenades. Black smoke seen outside. Exploding ammo heard. Sheriff says smoke is from ammo, not the cabin being on fire. One report says waiting for confirmation that Swat Team has killed Dorner.
Update 5:17 pm: Per scanner, one shot just fired from inside residence. Sounds like he killed himself. I think they are going in. Standby order just given to all units.
Scanner is saying there's a fire in the front and he may come out the back. Officers told to get ready. They just called for a fire engine.
More roads are opening to traffic.
Update 5:00 pm MT: One of the officers shot has died. Sheriff's spokesman says the vehicles coming down are ones that were already on their way, so it doesn't sound like there has been an evacuation. They are still searching cars to make sure he hasn't escaped or carjacked anyone. Some of the highways, like Highway 18, are now opening.
Update 4:30 pmMT: A reporter points out the military vehicle on the right of the photo above as it is being taken up the mountain. An ambulance was spotted driving up the mountain a few minutes ago.
There are no current lights and sirens. Things seem to be less tense. Maybe Dorner's dead? It doesn't seem as reported earlier they don't know where he is. So he must still be in the cabin.
4:00 pm MT: Live Press Conference (by LAPD which is not in control of investigation but getting live updates.) At 12:22 police got call of a stolen vehicle. Went to house where white pickup truck was stolen, got report thief resembled Dorner. Found the truck, suspect believed to be Dorner fled into woods and entered cabin at Highway 38 and Glass Rd. Shootout with officers followed. Two officers shot, believed to be San Bernadino Sheriff's officers. Taken to La Loma Trauma Facility. Before he fled into cabin, he got in a shootout with Fish and Game officers, but none of these officers were hurt.
There is no absolute confirmation it is Dorner.
They think he's watching TV so they have asked media not to show live pictures of the cabin and to stop tweeting. LAPD just sent backup in case San Bernadino asks for it. They want him to turn himself in. San Bernadino Sheriffs are in control, not LAPD.
More live news here. The media must be getting nothing, they are interviewing skiers and people whose cars were searched and giving traffic and weather reports. [More...]
Update 3:46 pm MT: There is a possibility he is out of the cabin. Better reports are on the police scanner, you can listen here.
Bump and Update: Dorner has been found in a cabin at Seven Oaks near Big Bear in Barton Flats (Angelus Oaks, San Bernadino Mountains.) A gun battle ensued with police. Here's a live blog of events. A live video feed is here and here.
Officers are searching cars and the mountain is on lockdown. LAPD Swat officers are headed up the mountain. All roads are closed. The media is being held a few miles away. The Sheriff's asked the media to stop tweeting.
He has barricaded himself in the cabin and is surrounded. Two officers are down (shot), and smoke is coming from the cabin which may be a smoke grenade.
Authorities believe Christopher Dorner has fled to Mexico. Here is the Federal Complaint filed against him for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. State charges for attempted murder have also been filed.
Despite 1,000 tips, and a $1 million award, authorities have no idea where Dorner is.
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