HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to reports, a charred body was found in the burned cabin where a fugitive former police officer was believed to have been in a standoff with sheriff’s deputies. The remains were supposedly found around 5:30 p.m. , California time. However, the LAPD is refuting reports that a body was found.
Earlier reports indicated that a body was recovered after a standoff and it was believed to be that of former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, who sought revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.
Officials with LAPD are stating that there has been no body found in or around a cabin in which Dorner was believed to be in.
Officials surrounded a cabin on Tuesday afternoon. Black smoke was seen billowing from where the cabin was located. Authorities surrounded the structure which was in snow-covered woods of Big Bear, a small resort town just outside of Los Angeles.
Christopher Dorner who reportedly wrote a manifesto, was the subject of a manhunt after he reportedly launched a campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department after being terminated. Officials stated that Dorner threatened to bring “warfare” to LAPD officers and their families.
“Enough is enough. It’s time for you to turn yourself in. It’s time to stop the bloodshed,” LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith stated earlier Tuesday a news conference held outside police headquarters in L.A.
Upon surrounding the cabin, the first exchange of gunfire occurred just before 1p.m. A second exchange with San Bernardino County deputies occurred involving two of whom were shot. One died while the other was in surgery on Tuesday. He is expected to live. Their identities were not released at the time of this report, pending notification of next of kin.
Dorner who began his run on February 6 is connected to the murders of a former police captain’s daughter and her fiancé.
Military records indicate that Dorner served in the Navy, earning a rifle marksman ribbon and pistol expert medal. He was also assigned to a naval undersea warfare unit as well as various aviation training units.
Dorner was born in 1979 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles County. He attended elementary school at Norwalk Christian School from first to seventh grade.
In his alleged manifesto, he reportedly wrote that he was the only African American student at Norwalk Christian School, where he encountered many racial issues with his peers.
Dorner joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 2005 and completed police academy training in 2006.