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Fugitive Los Angeles ex-cop died from likely self-inflicted gunshot

Published on Feb 16, 2013 10:32 AM
An employee of Southern California Edison surveys the damage at the burned-out cabin where the remains of multiple murder suspect and former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner were found on Feb 15, 2013 in Big Bear, California. A San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokesman said that the former police officer died from a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN BERNARDINO, California (REUTERS) - A fugitive former police officer whose charred remains were found in a burned-out California mountain cabin following a standoff with police died from a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound, a San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokesman said on Friday.

An autopsy determined that Christopher Dorner, 33, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Captain Kevin Lacy told a news conference.

Capt Lacy said authorities had not yet determined who fired that single round. But, he said: "The information we have seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner's life was self inflicted."

Dorner, who also served as an officer in the US Navy reserves, was accused of killing four people since Feb 3, including a sheriff's deputy shot during the gun battle on Tuesday in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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