Christopher Dorner manhunt: Officials ask media to stop tweeting
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has asked the news media to stop tweeting about the manhunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.
"The sheriff has asked all members of the press to stop tweeting immediately. It is hindering officer safety. #Dorner," tweeted the Sheriff's Department handle, @sbcountyda.
Law enforcement earlier asked TV stations to stop broadcasting helicopter coverage of the house where Dorner is believed to be holed up.
One of the deputies involved in a gun battle Tuesday afternoon with fugitive former police officer Dorner has died of his wounds, officials said. The San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Another deputy was also wounded in the shootout near a cabin where Dorner was believed to be holed up in the snow-covered mountains near Big Bear. He was in surgery Tuesday afternoon.
The afternoon gun battle in which hundreds of rounds were exchanged was part of a quickly changing situation that began after Dorner allegedly broke into a home, tied up a couple and held them hostage before fleeing with their white pickup truck, authorities said.
Then Dorner was allegedly spotted by a state Fish and Wildlife officer in the pickup truck, sources said. A vehicle-to-vehicle shootout ensued. The officer's vehicle was peppered with multiple rounds, according to authorities.
Dorner crashed his vehicle and took refuge in a nearby cabin, sources said. One deputy was hit as Dorner fired out of the cabin and a second deputy was injured when Dorner exited the back of the cabin, deployed a smoke bomb and opened fire again in an apparent attempt to flee. Dorner was driven back inside the cabin, the sources said.
He remained inside the cabin Tuesday afternoon as officers swarmed the site.
-- Wesley Lowery, Phil Willon and Robert J. Lopez