BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press a charred body has been found in the burned cabin where a fugitive ex-cop is believed to have been in a standoff with sheriff's deputies.
The official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing says the body was found at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Authorities said earlier they believed the man in the cabin was Christopher Dorner. He has been on the run since they say he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.
Officials will be looking for identifying marks such as tattoos before confirming the identity.
Police say Dorner killed four people, including a deputy on Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the man believed to be fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner never came out of a California mountain cabin engulfed in flames.
The person who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation said a single gunshot apparently fired inside the cabin was heard just before the fire broke out Tuesday.
Officials were waiting for the fire to burn out before approaching the ruins to search for a body.
Authorities believe Dorner barricaded himself in the cabin after exchanging gunfire with deputies, killing one and wounding another.
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say the former Los Angeles police officer wanted for killing three people is holed up in a cabin miles from where his truck was found.
A sheriff's official says Christopher Dorner stole a vehicle Tuesday near Big Bear Lake, abandoned it after a chase, ran into the forest and barricaded himself in the cabin. He got into a gunfight with officers, two of whom were injured.
The Los Angeles Times reports that one of the officers, a San Bernadino County sheriff's deputy, has died. The deputy was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the Times reports.
As the crow flies, it's about five miles from where Dorner's pickup was found Thursday, though a ridge with peaks topping 8,000 feet lies between the locations. By road, the areas are about 30 miles apart.
The manhunt for Dorner began Wednesday. In an online post, he targeted dozens of people he feels are responsible for his firing from the LAPD in 2008.
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer is barricaded in a cabin in the Southern California mountains.
Someone in the Big Bear Lake area reported a stolen vehicle Tuesday and described the suspect as looking very similar to Christopher Dorner.
The vehicle was found and the person ran into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin.
Authorities say 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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Law enforcement officers have engaged in a gun battle in the mountains of California with a person believed to be a former Los Angeles police officer.
The noise of the gunbattle was broadcast by KCAL-TV, whose reporter suddenly found himself near the fight. Someone could be heard yelling at the reporter to get out of the area.
Road blocks are up around Big Bear, where Christopher Dorner's burned-out pickup was found Thursday.
Authorities have been conducting a manhunt in the area since last week.
He's accused of killing a couple and another cop.
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