Sheriff’s Deputies confirm that Christopher Dorner is barricaded in a cabin in the Big Bear Lake area. A SWAT team is on the way.
The two officers shot by Dorner have been airlifted to the hospital. Their condition is unknown.
The call to police came from one of the two women Dorner tied up in a cabin, and had managed to escape. When he was spotted in the stolen car, he reportedly crashed it and fled on foot.
According to deputies, hundreds of rounds were exchanged in a half hour period. All roads have been blocked, and there is a ‘no fly’ zone above the area.
The cabin is owned by Candy Martin. When she turned on the news and saw her 84 year old vacation home surrounded by police, she was in shock. She said the cabins in that area were mostly empty, and that hers contained no phone, cable, or internet service.
Police are taking no chances, and are searching every vehicle leaving the area.
It is now reported, just after 4 p.m. PST, that one of the police officers shot by the man suspected to be Dorner, has died. The second is expected to survive.
Just recently a “green” gas was seen rising from the cabin in which Dorner has barricaded himself, and then flames were reported.
Around 4:30, authorities are said to have penetrated the structure. The cabin is on fire, and ammunition inside is exploding. Law enforcement has requested that KTLA, a local Los Angeles television network, have their helicopter zoom in on the cabin. Fire trucks are arriving on the scene.
When the fire first started, officers reported hearing a single gunshot. When multiple shots were heard, they surmised it was ammunition exploding in the flames.
Fire crews have not been allowed to enter the cabin, they are containing the flames and ensuring that the forest will not be involved. Authorities are not sure if anyone is inside the burning structure. If Dorner was inside, he hasn’t been seen exiting the burning building.
It has just been revealed that before the fire began, authorities were tearing down the walls of the cabin.
Just after 7 p.m. a body was discovered in the burned out cabin. It may take days for identification, but authorities at the scene said there was no possibility that if Dorner was in the cabin, that he could have escaped. Some law enforcement are saying that the remains are indeed those of the fugitive.
Columnist-The Guardian Express