Manhunt ends as fugitive ex-cop dies in cabin blaze

A former police officer linked to a killing spree targeting police and their families is believed to have died in a rural cabin that burned down around him in a fiery end to a massive California manhunt, authorities said.

Police were awaiting forensic analysis to confirm charred remains found inside the cabin in the wooded hills of the San Bernardino National Forest were that of Christopher Dorner.

Authorities including Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the man who had barricaded himself inside the cabin was almost certainly Dorner, 33.

“There’s a sigh of relief,” Villaraigosa said. He cautioned, however, that it could be “days, maybe even weeks” before there is final confirmation that Dorner was dead.

The former cop had been the subject of a six-day manhunt across southern California. He is believed to have made his last stand in the cabin, where a gun battle ended in the death of a sheriff’s deputy and the wounding of another deputy.

Dorner is suspected of killing four people, including the deputy.

An angry manifesto posted last week on his Facebook page claimed he had been wrongly dismissed from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008. He vowed to seek revenge by unleashing “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” on officers and their families.

The LA Times reported that the climax to the manhunt began when two housekeepers encountered a man believed to have been Dorner inside a vacant cabin near the ski resort community of Big Bear Lake.

They surprised the suspected fugitive, who tied them up and then took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin.

One of the women freed herself and called police.

State game wardens spotted the vehicle and gave chase. The suspect crashed the car, then commandeered a pickup truck at gunpoint from another motorist, said Lieutenant Patrick Foy.

Foy said officers got close enough during the chase to recognise the driver as Dorner before he abandoned the truck and fled into the woods to the cabin.

During a lull in the gunfire, the cabin caught fire and was quickly engulfed in flames.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

Hundreds of migrants try to storm Greek border

Russia ends accord with Turkish military after warplane shot down

Donald Trump ‘mocks’ disabled New York Times journalist

David Cameron calls for support of British air strikes’ targeting Islamic State in Syria

You might also like

Breaking Stories

Why are these cyclists playing dead in the middle of a busy road in London?

11 injured in Colorado shoot-out near Planned Parenthood clinic

Chinese campaigner for media freedom jailed for six years

'Arrogant' ambulance drug smugglers pressed on with plan after being stopped


Eat your way to an illness free winter

Butt out when Dad’s in charge and let him do it his way

5 tips for a seamless desk-to-dance floor transformation this festive season

More From The Irish Examiner