November 28, 2020

Charred body found after US manhunt for Christopher Dorner

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_65858064_65858010California police say they have found a body in a burnt-out cabin where murder suspect Christopher Dorner is believed to have made his deadly last stand.

The 33-year-old former policeman is thought to have exchanged fire with police after barricading himself in.

A single gunshot was later heard inside the building, which then began to burn.

_65873807_copOne officer was killed and another injured during the shoot-out. Dorner is also accused earlier of shooting dead a young couple and a police officer.

Forensic tests will determine if the charred remains found in the razed cabin after Tuesday night’s siege are those of Dorner.

The gunman had sworn revenge on police officers he blamed for his sacking in 2008.

‘Bittersweet night’

The search moved to the area of Big Bear Lake, a ski resort 80 miles (130km) east of Los Angeles, last Thursday after the suspect’s burnt-out truck was found there.

graphic_1360752130San Bernardino County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said of the remains: “We have reason to believe that it is him.”

An officer briefed on the investigation told the Associated Press news agency that a driver’s licence naming Dorner was found in the burned cabin with the body.

But Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he was not considering the situation over until tests confirmed the remains were Dorner’s.

“It is a bittersweet night,” Mr Beck told the Los Angeles Times.

Tuesday’s shoot-out began when officials from California’s wildlife agency were searching for a car reported stolen in the area.

A woman told police she had been tied up by the suspect when she and another woman had entered an empty house to clean it. She managed to get free, but he had stolen the car.

As wildlife officials searched for that stolen car, a different pickup truck sped erratically towards the officials, department spokesman Lt Patrick Foy said, with the driver firing on them.

After the truck ran off the road and crashed into a snow bank, a man matching Dorner’s description was seen running to a cabin where he barricaded himself in.

$1m reward

Reports say the police fired tear gas into the building and used a loudspeaker to urge the gunman to surrender.

Officials used a demolition vehicle to tear down the walls of the cabin.

Shortly afterwards, a single gunshot was heard inside the building and a fire began to spread through the cabin.

Los Angeles police officials had offered a $1m (£630,000) reward for information leading to Dorner’s arrest, receiving more than 1,000 tips.

The former Navy reservist is suspected of killing three people in a spree across southern California, including a policeman.

Police have been protecting about 50 families, many belonging to former LAPD colleagues, against whom Dorner had vowed revenge for allegedly ruining his career.

He was fired for making false statements, after making a complaint against his field training officer, saying she had kicked a suspect during an arrest.

In an online manifesto, Dorner suggested that racism was rife in the LAPD.

At the weekend, the LAPD’s chief of police said the department would re-examine the case that led to Dorner losing his job, a key grievance in the suspect’s online essay.

He said the move was to demonstrate transparency and “not to appease a murderer”.

For more on this story go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21437322

 

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