After a gun fight with police, the body of 33-year-old rogue ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner was found inside a burned out cabin in Big Bear, California. (This is how things went down today: Christopher broke into a cabin days ago in the San Bernardino Mountains, tied up the couple inside and held them hostage until he left Tuesday morning. As he was driving away in a white pickup truck, he was spotted by state Fish and Wildlife officers. When they attempted to stop him, Christopher crashed the truck during a chase and exchanged gunfire with the officers as he fled into another cabin.) Police have not positively identified body, however the LA mayor's office has confirmed that it is that of Christopher. As authorities moved into the cabin earlier Tuesday, they heard a single gunshot. According to a law enforcement source, police had broken down windows, fired tear gas into the cabin and blasted over a loud speaker urging Christopher to surrender. When they got no response, police deployed a vehicle to rip down the walls of the cabin "one by one, like peeling an onion," a law enforcement official said. By the time they got to the last wall, authorities heard a single gunshot, the source said. Then flames began to spread through the structure, and gunshots, probably set off by the fire, were heard. Christopher, who was fired from the LAPD five years ago when a department board determined he falsely claimed another officer had kicked a suspect, began a shooting rampage a week and a half ago when a couple was murdered. One of the victims was the daughter of a retired police captain who had defended Christopher in a disciplinary hearing that led to his firing. Police spotted Christopher early last Thursday but he escaped after shooting two Los Angeles cops. One was killed.
Here's the video from the shootout between Christopher and police:
According to the LAPD, the cabin is still on fire and too hot for officers to enter, therefore no body has yet to be recovered or has been been identified.
Update #2: Cops may have deliberately set the fire to the cabin. According to chatter on the police scanner (audio below), police are heard talking about "going forward with the plan, with, er, with the burn" or "burner".
Here's the audio:
Update #3: While Christopher was being killed, his mother was at a Mexican restaurant, drinking wine and watching the coverage on TV.
UPDATE, Feb. 14: The San Bernardino sheriff's office has confirmed that corner has positively IDed the charred remains found in the cabin as those of Christopher Dorner. He was identified via dental records. Surprisingly, they have not released the cause of death. Things that make you go, hmmmm.
Update, Feb 15: Now cops are saying Christopher committed suicide.
source: LA Times