Former LAPD officer Christoher Dorner, who had been holed up in a cabin in Southern California for a week, has reportedly been killed in a shootout in Angelus Oaks, California. The former LAPD cop had reportedly been hiding in the San Bernardino mountain area, 80km southeast of Los Angeles, since he killed a young couple in Los Angeles on February 3.
As the NY Daily News reports, Dorner, 33, is believed to have committed suicide in a burned-out cabin that caught fire during a gun battle with authorities. It is believed that the former police officer, who went on a shooting rampage to avenge his unfair dismissal from the LAPD in 2008, took his life with a single gunshot.
Authorities don’t think the ex-L.A. cop managed to escape the burned-out building.
According to the New York Times, a body “had indeed been found” inside the cabin but Cmdr of the Los Angeles Police Department denied the reports that Dorner’s body had been retrieved. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said at Tuesday night press conference: “They believe there is a body in there. They have not yet been inside. It’s not safe.”An officer was killed in the shootout.
UPDATE: Human remains have been found in the burned-out cabin where the ex-LAPD officer hid himself on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities quoted by CBS News are confident the charred body belongs to Christopher Dorner because no one saw him fleeing after the refuge caught fire. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said forensic techniques would be used to identify the body.