Sheriffs Deny Intentionally Setting Dorner Cabin Fire
The San Bernadino Sheriffs office today denied they intentionally burned down the cabin where Christopher Dorner died.
"We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out," Sheriff John McMahon said at an afternoon news conference.
He said deputies initially fired conventional "cold" tear gas into the cabin in Seven Oaks, near Big Bear Lake, then switched to "pyrotechnic-type" rounds" known as "burners."
Since I was updating live,I was listening to the police scanner feeds (until they went down.) It was confusing since I didn't understand all the terminology, but I did hear the things on this video of the scanner communications. [More...]
This reddit thread captured a lot and led me to alternate scanner sites (again, until they went down.) My impression was they had a pre-set plan (I remember hearing one officer ask another if he knew about it and was okay with it), and that they intentionally set the fire and wanted the fire department to stay in the staging area rather than go in and put it out. This was all around the time they also said (not in order): the fire was going in the front and he might come out the back; they had deployed the burners; ammo was exploding; and they heard a shot go off inside the cabin.
"Burners" are a more incendiary type of tear gas canister. Here's more of the scanner talk. Seems to me they intentionally set the fire.
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