(CelebNMusic247-News) Cop Killer Barricaded In Burning Cabin:
BREAKING NEWS – Police were surrounding the flaming mountainside cabin where former LAPD cop Christopher Dorner barricaded himself Tuesday after killing one sheriff’s deputy and wounding a second, law enforcement sources said.
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Black smoke and flames could be seen coming from the rental cabin in the late afternoon, but it was unknown how the raging fire started or even whether Dorner was still trapped inside.
A shootout and standoff began after police received a report around 12:22 p.m. local time that someone fitting Dorner’s description had stolen a car from a home near the ski resort area of Big Bear, police said.
The man told NBCLosAngeles.com that a man who looked like Dorner came up to him with a rifle and demanded his pickup, and let him take his dogs out of the back before he fled.
A ground and air search ensued, and authorities located the pickup on Highway 38.
A spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game said one of its wardens was the “very first person to spot Mr. Dorner … They both got out of the vehicles and exchanged gunfire.”
The warden’s truck was riddled with bullets but he was not hurt, agency spokesman Andrew Hughan told NBCLosAngeles.com.
Dorner, who was already wanted for three slayings linked to a revenge-fueled rampage, “fled into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin,” the San Bernardino Sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“A short time later there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect … Two law enforcement officers are being airlifted to a local hospital with unknown injuries.”
The wounded officers were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, whereSheriff John McMahon later confirmed one had died and one was in surgery. Their names were not released.
No more shots were fired from inside the cabin in Angelus Oaks, but sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said there was no indication that the suspect had been wounded.
Bachman said there was no timetable for when police would try to enter the captain where the gunman — identified as Dorner by high-ranking LAPD sources – holed up after abandoning the stolen truck.
“When it’s safe to do so,” she said. “We have to let it burn simply because there’s an armed and dangerous suspect inside.”
Gunfire erupted during the hunt for former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, who was charged with murder on Monday. The unfolding drama brought officers to a cabin in the mountains where the suspect was barricaded inside. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.
She would not answer questions about whether it was possible the shooter had somehow escaped and was on the loose in the woods as nightfall approached.
In the largest manhunt in LAPD history, hundreds of investigators have spent a week searching for Dorner, who is accused of killing a retired captain’s daughter and her fiancé on Feb. 3 and a police officer on Feb. 7.
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