Body Found in California Cabin May Be Fugitive Policeman
California police say human remains have been found in a burned-out cabin near Los Angeles where a murder suspect had barricaded himself.
The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department released a statement early Wednesday saying forensics experts will try to identify the body, found one day after a police shootout that ended with the cabin in flames.
Police believe the man in the cabin was Christopher Dorner, who was wanted for three murders and had posted an online manifesto vowing to launch "unconventional warfare" on police officers and their families.
Dorner, who was fired from his job as a Los Angeles police officer several years ago, had been on the run for a week after the daughter of a former police captain was found shot to death in her car, along with her fiance. The shooter's other victims are two police officers, the second of whom died in the firefight.
A California state game warden spotted a man who resembled Dorner driving a stolen truck north of Los Angeles Tuesday. The suspect fled into the woods and barricaded himself inside the cabin. Hundreds of security officers converged on the area in an attempt to flush him out and capture him.
Spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Police Department Cindy Bachman provided details.
"The suspect that was driving the vehicle, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into the forest. He barricaded himself into a cabin. At that time there was an exchange of gunfire between the law enforcement personnel outside of the cabin and the subject inside," she explained. "During that gunfight a deputy sheriff, two deputy sheriffs were shot. One of them died after being taken to Loma Linda. The second deputy is currently in surgery and is expected to survive.''
She says Dorner will be held responsible for the police officer who died in the firefight.
"We don't know if he's inside. The cabin is on fire now and that's all I can tell you right now. Of course, we are planning on a long night. It's an active crime scene. If this is Christopher Dorner here, he's now responsible for the murder of four people and attempted murder of three others," Bachman said.
Dorner wrote in a long online manifesto, last week, saying that he would wage "unconventional" warfare on the Los Angeles police department. He said he would stop his attacks only when the department states what he called the truth about why he was fired in 2008.
Police officials say he was dismissed for accusing a fellow officer of kicking a suspect in the face and chest. The 33-year-old Dorner, an African-American, insisted his story was true. He also accused Los Angeles officers of racism.
Source: VOA News