As of Feb. 13, 2013, fugitive domestic terrorist Christopher Dorner is believed to have died in a cabin in the San Bernardino mountains after extensive gunfire was exchanged with the ex-LAPD cop. The Big Bear Lake shootout between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers occurred first, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office deputies took on the suspect next.
KMIR6.com reported Tuesday night that the CDFW officials said Christopher Dorner first stole a purple Nissan, but then crashed it, resulting in his next stealing a white pickup truck. This led to the first gun battle between the suspect and the CDFW officers, but no officers were injured in this shootout.
According to the CDFW on Tuesday, one of their officers was traveling down Highway 38 when he encountered a man fitting Dorner's description, who was traveling in the opposite direction. The officer pursued the suspect and shooting followed.
The CDFW officer's vehicle was shot up numerous times according to the statement from the law enforcement agency, and the suspect escaped the scene on foot. Backup calls were made, resulting in the CDFW and other agencies sending in additional men in the manhunt.
And this brings the story to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, where Sheriff John McMahon can now boast being the man behind the agency to bring an end to the Chris Dorner search saga. McMahon, who has a 27-year law enforcement officer career, was just placed into the sheriff's position in San Bernardino County on Dec. 31, 2012 according to his law enforcement bio.
Barely two months into his reign in leadership for the agency it is believed that his SWAT team stopped Christopher Jordan Dorner from escaping a burning cabin and continuing his run of terror on police officers in the state.
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The New York Times reported on Wednesday that as of 11 p.m. on Tuesday night the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office released a statement that "charred human remains" were found in the burned-out cabin.
And it was also stated that while the remains had not been identified as Mr. Dorners, forensic testing would determine if that were the case. But it is unclear if the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office would be conducting the testing or not. The coroner's office falls under the jurisdiction of the sheriff, who is listed as the sheriff-coroner on the law enforcement agency's website.
Cindy Bachman, the spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said "We believe he was still inside the cabin," when it burned down, referring to the suspect. And the rest of the law enforcement community appears to be in agreement.
In any shootout there are possible casualties, especially when hundreds of rounds are fired, as happened in this shootout near Big Bear Lake, and that is the case this time as well, with the reporting that two deputies from the agency were hit by gunfire.
Both deputies were airlifted and taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where one officer died, and the other was taken to surgery. The surviving officer is going to need more surgeries according to news reports.