San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office: Body Recovered from Burned Cabin
A sheriff's spokeswoman says charred human remains have been found in the burned-out cabin where a fugitive former Los Angeles police officer was believed to be.
San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller says the remains were found late Tuesday after a shootout that killed one sheriff's deputy and injured another. Authorities believe Christopher Dorner barricaded himself inside the cabin and a fire later ensued.
Investigators will attempt to determine if the remains are Dorner's through forensic tests.
Thousands of officers had been on the hunt for the former Navy reservist since police said he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.
Police had been searching the snow-covered woods near Big Bear Lake, a resort town about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, after Dorner's truck was found late last week.
Authorities believe Dorner barricaded himself in the cabin after exchanging gunfire with deputies, killing one and wounding another.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller says the battle started at 12:42 p.m. Tuesday, which is about 20 minutes after a vehicle was reported stolen nearby.
A sheriff's official says Dorner stole a vehicle Tuesday near Big Bear Lake, abandoned it after a chase, ran into the forest and then barricaded himself in the cabin.
It's about five miles from where Dorner's pickup was found Thursday, though a ridge with peaks topping 8,000 feet lies between the locations. By road, the areas are about 30 miles apart.
During a live press conference, a LAPD representative told Dorner, "Enough is enough. It's time to turn yourself in. It's time to stop the bloodshed." Police believe he may access to a TV and may be watching live coverage of this incident.
Police also said they're working on 1,000+ tips related to Dorner.
The manhunt for Dorner began last Wednesday when he was named the suspect in the Orange County murders of a former Los Angeles police captain's daughter and her fiance the previous weekend.
Hours after police announced they were looking for him, Dorner first fired at two LAPD officers, then ambushed the Riverside officers.
In an online post, he targeted dozens of people he feels are responsible for his firing from the LAPD in 2008. (AP)
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