UPDATE 2/15/13 07:06 p.m. EST Fugitive ex-cop and quadruple murder suspect Christopher Dorner was killed by a single gunshot wound in his head, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office.
San Bernardino County Capt. Sheriff John McMahon told reporters on Friday that the wound seemed to be self-inflicted.
“The information that we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner’s life was self-inflicted,” he said.
As the cabin he barricaded himself in went up in flames, reportedly after law enforcement set it on fire, a reporter from CBS local affiliate KCAL9 reported live on the air from the scene that everyone present had just heard a single gunshot come from the cabin.
UPDATE 2/14/13 06:56 p.m. EST The human remains recovered from a burned-out cabin, are that of quadruple murder suspect Christopher Dorner, confirms The San Bernardino County Coroner’s office. His driver’s license was allegedly also found near the body.
UPDATE 2/14/13 10:08 a.m. EST In a press conference Wednesday night, Jim and Karen Reynolds (pictured below) said that they had contact with Chris Dorner who seemed to be living in their condo-style cabin since last Friday, according to the Associated Press.
According to the couple, after telling them he didn’t want to hurt them, Dorner tied them up and put pillows over their heads. Dorner then allegedly sped off in their purple Nissan. Eventually, though, the Reynolds were able to get to Karen’s cell phone and alert authorities to what had happened by dialing 911.
Watch the Reynolds discuss their experience here:
Originally it was reported that two maids were the ones Dorner tied up, so the Reynolds used the press conference to clarify the incident. While the Reynolds’ story hasn’t been confirmed yet by authorities, it has been confirmed that they are the owners of the property where Dorner supposedly resided.
UPDATE 2/13/13 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: 11:27 a.m. EST San Bernardino officials hold a press conference, stating they do indeed have a body in their possession but still haven’t been able to confirm the identity.
UPDATE: 9:18 a.m. EST According to the Associated Press, Chris Dorner is “believed” to be dead, but they still haven’t been able to confirm that the charred remains that were found in the cabin are his.
UPDATE: 12:19 a.m. EST Contradicting the LAPD, Cynthia Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said that though the cabin is too hot to enter, making it impossible to identify and remove a body, they do believe that Christopher Dorner was inside as it burned down.
“We believe that he was still inside the cabin [as it burned down], yes,” Bachman said.
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UPDATE: 11:11 EST LAPD Commander Andy Smith says that no body has been located inside of cabin — because it’s too hot to enter — and no body has been positively identified as Chris Dorner. Law enforcement is still on high tactical alert. Any other information will be coming from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
UPDATE: 9:57 EST There has been a body removed from the cabin. No confirmation that it is Chris Dorner, reports CB John Miller. But law enforcement has unofficially confirmed that it’s him.
UPDATE: 7:48 EST One gunshot heard from inside of the cabin where law enforcement believe Chris Dorner to be. Deputies on the scene are speculating that it was a self-inflicted gunshot.
Ammo in the cabin is exploding from the fire. If someone was in there alive, he would have come out, according to authorities. Footprints leading away from the cabin is leading to some speculation that he may have escaped.
UPDATE: 7:29 P.M EST Tear gas was thrown into the cabin where Chris Dorner is believed to be surrounded. It is now in flames. Police are standing by guns drawn.
It has now been confirmed that one of the San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies has died from injuries sustained in a gun battle with Christopher Dorner.
UPDATE 7:05 P.M. According to reports, one of the deputies shot by Christopher Dorner has died at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
UPDATE: 6:14 P.M. EST In an official press conference, LAPD ask that media cameras back away from the area as to not give Dorner a tactical advantage over the SWAT team if he is watching television.
LAPD to Dorner, “It’s time to turn yourself in; it’s time to end the bloodshed.”
A crowd is gathering with signs that read: “Don’t Kill Dorner.”
Dorner still has not been captured. All cars leaving Big Bear are being searched by law enforcement.
UPDATE: 6:04 P.M. EST Two officers allegedly shot by Chris Dorner during Big Bear shoot-out are being air-lifted to the hospital. Dorner still has not been captured.
UPDATE: 5:11 P.M. EST Reports are that Dorner is currently surrounded in a cabin in the Angelus Oaks area of the San Bernardino National Forest.
UPDATE: 4:45 P.M. EST Dorner was in the white, Dodge pick-up truck, when deputies tried to make a stop. Dorner refused to stop, a gun battle ensued and he fled on foot. A second gun battle followed and it currently appears to be a stand-off. It is confirmed that two deputies are shot and they are trying to pull them to safety to get them treatment.
UPDATE: Chris Dorner is not in custody; he is engaged in shoot-out with police officers and reports are that two officers are down. He is suspected to have at least 30 weapons.
A home in Big Bear, CA was invaded and a couple was tied up, law enforcement believe by former officer and fugitive murder suspect, Chris Dorner. According to various reports, he was taken into custody, but then a shoot-out occurred, and the current news is that he is heavily armed and on the run in the couple’s 2008 white, Dodge pick-up truck.
Watch live K-Cal9/CBS video below as it unfolds.
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