Investigators believe that it was fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner who barricaded himself in a cabin, engaged officers in an intense gunfight and was unable to escape before the building burned down. Authorities have not been able to enter the cabin, located near Big Bear Lake, Calif., since it became engulfed in flames Tuesday. They say, however, that they are confident the person inside was Dorner.
“We believe that he was still inside the cabin [as it burned down], yes,” Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said.
Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer, was the target of a sweeping manhunt after he allegedly began a deadly rampage more than a week ago.
One sheriff’s deputy was killed in a shootout with Dorner earlier today, believed to be his fourth and final victim after killing an LAPD officer and two other people this month, including the daughter of a former police captain, and promising to kill many more in an online manifesto.
Cops said they heard a single gunshot go off from inside the cabin just as they began to see smoke and fire. Later they heard the sound of more gunshots, the sound of ammunition being ignited by the heat of the blaze, law enforcement officials said.
...One of the largest dragnets in recent history, which led police to follow clues across the West and into Mexico, apparently ended just miles from where Dorner’s trail went cold last week.
CBS News reporter Carter Evans, who was caught in the middle of the gunfight, captured the following video of the dangerous situation.