Fugitive ex cop 'pinned down' in US mountain shootout
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Fugitive former US cop and triple murder suspect Christopher Dorner was pinned down on Tuesday after exchanging gunfire with police near a California ski resort, officials and reports said.
Two police officers were injured, local KTLA 5 television reported, while CNN said he barricaded himself in a cabin in a snowbound forest near the town of Big Bear, two hours' drive east of Los Angeles.
Broadcaster KTLA 5 said some 40 heavily-armed SWAT officers had been dispatched to the area, where Dorner's pick-up truck was found last week. There was no immediate confirmation of this from police, but Big Bear mayor Jay Obernolte said it was only a question of time before Dorner was caught.
"I think this is the break that we have all been waiting for to get him flushed out and no longer in hiding. My opinion is that it's only a matter of time," he told CNN.