Police to scour burned out cabin for remains of fugitive ex-cop
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Authorities will comb through a burned-out cabin in the mountains above Los Angeles on Wednesday for the charred remains of a suspect thought to be an ex-cop who led them on a six-day manhunt climaxing in a shootout there.
Police say even if they find a body in the smoldering rubble, it may take some time to determine if it belongs to Christopher Dorner, the 33-year-old former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman told reporters on Tuesday night that the man who barricaded himself inside the cabin and exchanged gunfire with officers was thought to be Dorner and that "we believe he was still inside"when it went up in flames.
A sheriff's deputy was killed in the shootout in the snow-covered, wooded hills of the San Bernardino National Forest, northeast of Los Angeles, bringing to four the number of killings Dorner is suspected of committing. A second sheriff's deputy was wounded in Tuesday's gunfight.