SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS – Authorities Tuesday afternoon announced that ex-LAPD officer and triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner apparently stole a vehicle, shot two officers and then barricaded himself in a mountain cabin near the Big Bear area.
At 3 p.m., Tuesday (Feb. 12), Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Andrew Smith made the following comments at a televised press conference:
“Today at about 12:22 p.m., San Bernardino sheriffs were in the hunt for Christopher Dorner up in the Big Bear area. They received a call of a stolen vehicle in the 1200 Block of Club View Drive.
When they responded there, they received information from the person reporting that the stolen vehicle was stolen by an individual that appeared to be very similar to Christopher Dorner.
They immediately conducted a ground and an air search for this vehicle and they were able to locate it at Highway 38 and Glass Road, where the suspect in the vehicle fled into the forest.
Shortly thereafter, this individual barricaded himself in one of the cabins there, and an exchange of gunfire occurred. During that exchange of gunfire, two officers were injured. They’ve been airlifted to a local hospital. Right now their condition is unknown.
The Los Angeles Police Department has sent resources out to the San Bernardino County Airport. Our resources are waiting there for authorization from the San Bernardino County Sheriffs to assist them.
So this is a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Investigation. This is their lead. They have the incident command out there. We are there to support them, only if asked. That is as much as I have on that particular incident out there.”
Read the very latest updates on this story here.
Read Dorner’s manifesto in full here.
UPDATED @4 pm: One of the officers shot by the man believed to be Dorner passed away at Loma Linda Medical Center, according to various media reports. The man was a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy.
UPDATED: At around 4:20 p.m., the cabin where Dorner was believed to be holed up was on fire, according to a live television broadcast.
UPDATED @ 7:45 pm: Several media outlets are reporting that a charred body found in the burned out cabin appears to be Dorner, though no official confirmation has been made.
UPDATE @ 8:10 pm: There has been no body found in the cabin, LAPD Spokesman Andrew Smith announced just minutes ago. Smith said the burned cabin has not been entered by investigators and any reports of a body being found in the cabin are false.
UPDATED @ 9:45 pm: The Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau just issued the following update.
On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:22 p.m, deputies working the Big Bear area search for Christopher Dorner responded to the 1200 block of Club View Dr. for a reported stolen vehicle. The reporting party said the suspect took their vehicle and described the suspect as looking very similar to Dorner. Deputies immediately began a search on the ground and from the air for the vehicle.
The vehicle was located at Hwy 38 and Glass Rd.
The suspect fled into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin. A short time later there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect. Two San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies were injured during the gunfire and taken to the Loma Linda Hospital. At approximately 2:24 p.m., one of the deputies was pronounced deceased. The deputy wounded in today’s incident has undergone surgery and medical personnel are optimistic as to his recovery. However, it is believed several additional surgeries will be required.
A fire erupted in the cabin in which the suspect had barricaded himself. The cabin remains unsafe for investigators to enter and it is unknown when the structure will be deemed safe. It is believed the suspect is inside the cabin. Homicide investigators have responded and are conducting an investigation.A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow [Feb. 13] at 4:00 p.m. at Sheriff’s Headquarters located at 655 E. Third Street in San Bernardino.
UPDATED @ 11 pm: Investigators announced they have located charred human remains within the debris of the burned out cabin. Identification will be attempted through forensic means.
UPDATED 2/13/13: During a press conference today, San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon released the name of Detective Jeremiah MacKay, who was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Detective MacKay was 35-years-old and a 15-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff McMahon also released the name of Deputy Alexander Collins, a 5 year veteran, who sustained serious injuries during the ambush that occurred in Angelus Oaks.
UPDATED 2/14/2013: Dorner confirmed dead. Dental records have confirmed that the charred body found in the cabin is Christopher Dorner, according to the San Bernardino Coroner’s Office.