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Details emerge of alleged US cop killer's final stand

Published on Feb 14, 2013 5:55 AM
A convoy of police vehicles make their way out following a memorial service for slain Riverside police officer Michael Crain at the Grove Community Church in Riverside, California, on February 13, 2013. Law enforcement personnel from across the state, including local dignitaries, military veterans, colleagues, friends and loved ones of Crain gathered to pay their final respects to the policeman killed last week in what the city's police chief described as a "cowardly ambush.'' Crain was fatally shot February 7 when he and his partner ran afoul of fugitive Christopher Jordan Dorner. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US police paid emotional tributes to a fellow officer on Wednesday, one of four alleged victims of embittered former cop Christopher Dorner, as more details emerged of how he is thought to have died.

Dramatic video footage emerged of Swat teams surrounding a mountain cabin where the 33-year-old barricaded himself, with a barrage of gunfire audible, possibly from exploding ammunition as fire took hold of the cabin.

The Los Angeles Times reported that flammable gas was thrown into the cabin after Dorner, a trained marksman, refused to come out voluntarily, although police would not confirm that.

Human remains was found overnight in the charred debris of the cabin near Big Bear, in the snow-covered mountains some two hours east of Los Angeles, where a six-day manhunt apparently ended in flames Tuesday. LA police lifted a state of alert but kept in place protection for officers and families threatened by Dorner in a chilling online manifesto, in which he vowed "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against the LAPD.

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