On Feb. 13, 2013, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told reporters that the manhunt for accused murderer Christopher Dorner is over, although the remains reportedly found in a burned cabin in the Big Bear, Calif. area have not yet been identified.
According to WFJA, McMahon said “I cannot absolutely, positively confirm it was him.”
He did say the man law enforcement chased to the cabin matched the description of Dorner.
Some media reports indicate many believe authorities purposely set the cabin on fire where Dorner was believed to be holed up, but McMahon disputed those allegations, saying, “We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out.”
He added that tear gas canisters, dubbed “burners,” were fired into the building to try and get Dorner to exit the cabin.
KTLA reports that deputies were recorded on police radio talking about bringing burners to the building.
Prior to the blaze, Dorner was reportedly involved in a shootout with law enforcement. Det. Jeremiah MacKay, 35, was killed and Dep. Alex Collins was wounded during the gunfire. MacKay is survived by his wife and two young children, a daughter, 7, and a 4 month old son, reports WFJA.
Dorner’s burning truck was found abandoned and burning in the mountain region on Feb. 7, with tracks in the snow leading away from the vehicle.
He is accused of murdering women’s college basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiancé Keith Lawrence on Feb. 3 as they sat in Lawrence’s white Kia in the parking lot of their Irvine condo complex. He has been charged with killing Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, 34, on Feb.7. Crain leaves behind a wife, a son, 10, and a daughter, 4.