BREAKING: Christopher Dorner has been allegedly sighted and engaged in a gunfight with police for the last half hour.
In breaking news, alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner has been sighted in the Big Bear area, and a shoot out has ensued.
It is has been confirmed that Dorner is holed up in a cabin exchanging gunfire with police for the last 30 minutes. The gunfire was reported near Seven Oaks Mountain Cabins a collection of rental homes near Big Bear Mountain. Two police officers have been confirmed wounded in the exchange of gunfire.
It is likely that Dorner, a former Navy Reservist, likely has an arsenal of weapons that include semi-automatic rifles. He allegedly has 34 registered firearms with him. Aerial video has shown authorities establishing a landing zone to airlift officers to and from the location.
Dorner had supposedly taken a couple hostage in a cabin, one of whom may have possibly escaped to report her vehicle stolen by Dorner. A vehicle with a suspect matching Dorner’s description was chased down in the vehicle, the vehicle ran out of gasoline, and from there Dorner continued on foot and took shelter in a cabin.
Schools in the area have been closed down, parents are urged to remain at home. The police are currently hard closing all roads leading to and from Big Bear.
Dorner was identified on Wednesday as a suspect in the shooting deaths of a couple, including the daughter of a former LAPD captain in Irvine. He is also charged with murder in the shooting death of Riverside Officer Michael Crain.
This post will be updated as the situation develops.
UPDATE 1: According to scanner reports, the location where the two hostages were held contained smoke grenades. The two female hostages also reported that the man had a pistol with a silencer. It is also being reported that he had a semi-automatic rifle as well.
UPDATE 2: Media helicopters are being ordered to pull away from the gunfire in order to keep both themselves and officers safe.
UPDATE 3: Dorner’s original truck that was found burned may have been abandoned due to a broken axle, which has led to the current situation.
UPDATE 4: There is a press conference scheduled for 3pm PST.
UPDATE 5: LAPD Commander Andrew Smith has just held a press conference confirming the reports above. What remains unconfirmed is the hostage situation that occurred before the car was reported stolen.
A vehicle was indeed reported stolen, and a man matching Dorner’s description was chased in the vehicle until the suspect abandoned it. The suspect then holed up in a cabin, and a gunfight has since ensued. Two officers have been transported to local area hospitals, their condition is unknown.
Officers are holding back any specific details that may give away information to the suspect, as it is believed that the suspect has access to media resources. Choppers have also been ordered to keep cameras away from the area as they may give away the position of SWAT police officers.
The current situation is being handled by San Bernardino County officers but LAPD are on standby at the San Bernardino Airport. Since it is not confirmed that it is Dorner, LAPD is still following up on over 1000 clues that the department has on the suspect.
When asked what he would say to the suspect, Commander Smith responded:
“Enough is enough. It’s time to turn yourself in, and put an end to the bloodshed.”
UPDATE 6: Onlookers and protesters with signs have been reported on the scene. Police officers are urging those who plan on attempting to come up the mountain to remain in their homes for their own safety and to avoid blocking the roads for emergency services.
UPDATE 7: Police have requested that civilians stop tweeting about the current standoff, particularly if they are in the area for the safety of officers involved.
UPDATE 8: CBS just had a man on air claim that the stolen vehicle was taken from a man named Rick. They are still in the process of confirming that report.
UPDATE 9: One of the wounded law enforcement officers has passed away.
NBC is also reporting that it is believed that the house may be booby trapped and thus officers are taking extreme precaution prior to any forced entry. It is also believed that the cabin has several windows providing viewpoints, however there is no internet or television. Cell phone reception in the area is very spotty.
UPDATE 10: Allegedly the suspect is in tactical gear, and dressed in uniform in order to blend in with police. A weapon has also been found in the stolen white truck.
UPDATE 11: The cabin that housed the supposed hostages (not the current cabin that Dorner is currently allegedly holed up in) has been found to be 300 yards from the burned out vehicle. It is also located roughly one or one and a half football’s length away from the command post. The command post is visible from that cabin.
UPDATE 12: Roads are currently being opened with the exception of highway 38, that leads to where the suspect is holed up.
UPDATE 13: There is a fire burning near the cabin where Dorner is supposedly holed up. News cameras are capturing clouds of black smoke coming from the area.
UPDATE 14: It has been confirmed that the cabin is on fire. The suspect is barricaded in currently. It is still unconfirmed that the suspect is Dorner, however police believe that is him in the cabin.
A perimeter has been secured around the cabin. Dorner is now wanted for the murder of 4 people and attempted murder of 3 others.
Fire marshals are not allowed to put the fire out until the scene is cleared.
The information on the hostages also remains unconfirmed. Though it is confirmed that a male and female reported a car stolen, that car is the one tracked to the cabin that is currently on fire.
UPDATE 15: Gunfire has ceased since the fire began.
UPDATE 16: It is believed that Dorner started the fire himself with the propane in the cabin.
UPDATE 17: Highway 38 has been reopened for residents.
UPDATE 18: It is being reported that a single gunshot was heard before the cabin erupted in flames.
UPDATE 19: Police have recovered a body believed to be Christopher Dorner.
UPDATE 20: According to the Associated Press, Christopher Dorner was found in the first cabin by a cleaning crew. Dorner took the two women hostage, tying them up. He then commandeered their vehicle. One of the women managed to escape and report her vehicle stolen. Dorner subsequently abandoned the vehicle and carjacked a white pick-up truck from a man named Rick Heltebrake.
A wildlife and game official had been searching for the initial car that was stolen, stumbled upon Dorner in the white pick-up. Dorner then fired upon the officials vehicle and crashed into a nearby snow bank.
From there Dorner proceeded on foot to an empty cabin where he engaged in a shoot-out with San Bernardino Police officers. 2 of the officers were wounded, and one ultimately passed away from his injuries.
After exchanging gunfire for a few hours, police attempted to demolish the walls of the cabin. It was the reportedly heard that a single gunshot was fired and the cabin caught fire.
A body, believing to be Christopher Dorner was found in the charred remains. Reportedly a driver’s license was found near the body. However, officials have not positively identified the body as belonging to Christopher Dorner.