Tuesday, February 12, 2013
As I write this , he is surrounded by police and in a cabin....A shootout and standoff began after police received a report around 12:22 p.m. that someone fitting Dorner’s description had stolen a car from a home near the ski resort area of Big Bear, police said.
A ground and air search ensued, and authorities located the pickup on Highway 38.
A spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game said one of its wardens was the “very first person to spot Mr. Dorner … They both got out of the vehicles and exchanged gunfire.”
The warden was not hurt and Christopher Dorner, who was already wanted for three slayings linked to a revenge-fueled rampage, was not captured, agency spokesman Andrew Hughan told NBC LosAngeles.com.
“The suspect fled into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin,” said a statement from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s office.
“A short time later there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect ... Two law enforcement officers are being airlifted to a local hospital with unknown injuries.”
The wounded officers were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Law enforcement officials confirmed one died.
Meanwhile the suspect – identified as Christopher Dorner by high-ranking LAPD sources – remained holed up in the cabin with heavily armed cops surrounding the area.
Hundreds of investigators have spent a week searching for Christopher Dorner – who is accused of killing a retired captain’s daughter and her fiancé on Feb. 3 and a police officer on Feb. 7 while allegedly carrying out a twisted revenge plot.
Christopher Dorner’s burned-out truck, a Nissan Titan, was found in Big Bear last week and scores of officers have been combing the mountain, going door-to-door to see if they could find signs of forced entry.
At an afternoon press conference, LAPD commander Andy Smith wouldn't confirm the ex-LAPD officer was holed-up in the cabin, but said he had a message for Dorner: “Enough is enough. It’s time to turn yourself in.”
“Everyone is very hopeful that this thing ends without any further bloodshed,” Smith said. “The best thing for him now would be to surrender…and he can face the criminal justice system.”
LAPD officers rushed to the scene to assist San Bernardino deputies and were also sifting through hundreds of clues about Dorner’s activities in recent days.
“Until this guy is in handcuffs … none of the people in our department are going to rest,” Smith said.
I don't wish to speculate too early...but I wonder if the LAPD really wants to take him alive? I don't know..call it the old radical conspiracy theorist in me, but I feel as though this man was wounded psychologically by the LAPD and his claims in his manifesto last week of rampant racism in the department..
(No real shock or surprise there!) and his subsequent dismisal.
I wish he had gone about this in a different way, without killing innocents....I wish he wasn't surrounded by law enforcement who might say he is too dangerous to be taken alive, who have already labeled him a ''Domestic Terrorist" and who might kill him as soon as they get a clear shot...
I wish it didn't have to be this way...I for one would like to see him have his day in court and hear what he has to say....The conspiracy theorist in me is saying that the LAPD doesn't want his story told...
I wish they would prove me wrong...I'd love to be wrong on this one.
At 10;26 PM, It has been reported that Christopher Dorner's body was removed from a burning cabin...
He's dead....This is just the way I thought this was going to end!