L.A. Now Live: Latest on fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner
Times reporter Kate Mather will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss the latest developments in the manhunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.
Investigators Wednesday were in the process of identifying human remains found in a charred cabin near Big Bear where the former L.A. police officer and Navy Reserve lieutenant was believed to have been holed up after trading gunfire with officers, authorities said.
If the body is identified as Dorner's, the standoff Tuesday night would end the weeklong hunt for the 33-year-old suspect, who police believe shot and killed one San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy and injured another. He is also suspected of killing an Irvine couple and a Riverside police officer. But Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he would not consider the manhunt over until a body was recovered and identified as Dorner.
"It is a bittersweet night," said Beck as he drove to the hospital where the injured deputy was undergoing surgery. "This could have ended much better, it could have ended worse. I feel for the family of the deputy who lost his life."
Just before 5 p.m., authorities smashed the cabin's windows, pumped in tear gas and called for the suspect to surrender. They got no response. Then, using a demolition vehicle, they tore down the cabin's walls one by one, officials said, and when they reached the last wall, they heard a gunshot.
Then the cabin burst into flames, officials said. By late Tuesday evening, the smoldering ruins remained too hot for police to enter, but authorities said they believed Dorner's body was inside.