UPDATE 4:03 p.m. EST Sixty-one-year-old Richard Heltebrake (pictured below) says that Chris Dorner carjacked his car by gunpoint near the Boy Scouts camp, where he works, according to CBS Los Angeles.
“Christopher Dorner jumped out in front of my truck. He apparently had crashed whatever vehicle he was driving, and he stopped me at gunpoint, Heltebrake said.
Once Dorner had reportedly gotten Heltebrake’s attention, he allegedly said he didn’t want to hurt him and that he should get out of the car and take his dog with him, “He said, ‘I don’t want to hurt you. Just get out and start walking up the road and take your dog with you.”
Afterward, Heltebrake said he heard gunfire erupt nearby, “Ten seconds later, there were a bunch of gunshots, which apparently were the deputies that were coming up the road right behind me,” said Heltebrake. “I started running through the snow and got behind a tree for some cover, and I called my deputy friend and told him what had just happened.”
Listen to Heltebrake’s account here:
UPDATE 12:18 p.m. EST According to the Guardian, police audio implies that the police started the fire around the cabin, where Dorner may have died, when they fired tear gas.
On the audio, police officers are heard discussing “going forward with the plan”:
All right, Steve, we’re gonna go, er, we’re gonna go forward with the plan, with, er, with the burn [or burner]. We want it, er, like we talked about.
Seven burners deployed and we have a fire.
A female voice responds:
Copy. Seven burners deployed and we have a fire.
At around 2min 20sec, a male voice says:
Guys, be ready on the No 4 side. We have fire in the front. He might come out the back.
Listen to the audio here:
UPDATE 11:18 a.m. EST: In a press conference held by San Bernardino officials in Big Bear, they confirmed that they do indeed have a body and they are going through the customary procedures to verify the identity of the remains, which could take time. The officer also said that the police officers are no longer on tactical alert and that this will be their last briefing of the day.
At 11 a.m. EST, the Los Angeles Police Department will hold a press conference, regarding the search for ex-cop Chris Dorner, who, at press time, has killed five police officers.
The LAPD were engaged in a shootout with a man they believed to be Dorner on Thursday and reportedly found a charred bound in the cabin, where the shooting took place. While officials have speculated that the body could belong to Dorner, they have not been able to verify whether it is indeed him at press time.
Watch the Chris Dorner press conference live here: