BREAKING NEWS: Fugitive ex-cop believed dead, as cabin stronghold goes up in flamesRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 12 2013 7:20 PM
NOTE: One officer is beleived to be dead.
The dramatic manhunt for a fugitive ex-LAPD cop who killed at least four people apparently ended when the cabin he holed up in went up in flames, with ammunition exploding in the inferno and smoke billowing up into the mountain air.
Christopher Dorner, who hours earlier had killed one San Bernadino sheriff's deputy and wounded another before barricading himself in the cabin, in the San Bernadino mountains, was believed to be inside. Dorner, who vowed not to be taken alive, had been surrounded inside the cabin since early Tuesday afternoon. It was not clear who set the fire in the rural Big Bear community where Dorner apparently has been hiding since sometime last week.
UPDATED @ 7:25 PM
Smoke and flames were visible from the area where fugitive former law enforcement officer Christopher Jordan Dorner was holed up in a Big Bear-area cabin after gun battles with law enforcement officers.
Law enforcement sources said "a tactical operation" was underway at the cabin but did not provide further details.
A tall plume of smoke was rising from the area where the standoff occurred. Hundreds of law enforcement personnel swooped down on the site near Big Bear following the gun battles between Dorner and officers that broke out in the snow-covered mountains where the fugitive had been eluding a massive manhunt since his truck was found burning in the area late last week.
UPDATED @ 7:33 PM