Los Angeles police are still waiting on the results of tests of charred remains for proof positive that Christopher Dorner is dead, as a lengthy manhunt for the former cop-turned-killer ended in a “bittersweet” shootout Tuesday evening.
One official with knowledge of the police investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity said investigators found a California driver’s license with the name Christopher Dorner on it, along with a wallet and various personal items, inside the cabin, according to The Associated Press.
One deputy was shot and killed at the Big Bear Lake cabin shootout; another was seriously injured.
“It is a bittersweet night,” said LA Police Chief Charlie Beck, in a report from the Los Angeles Times, as he drove to the hospital to visit one wounded deputy . “This could have ended much better, it could have ended worse. I feel for the family of the deputy who lost his life.”
The hospitalized deputy is expected to need several surgeries, the L.A. Times reported.
The two maids Mr. Dorner reportedly tied Tuesday morning, before fleeing in their car, were not injured, according to various media. And neither was the man whose pickup truck was later hijacked, according to the L.A. Times. After taking the maids’ car, Mr. Dorner reportedly carjacked a truck from Rick Heltebrake.
“Can I take my dog?” Mr. Heltebrake asked Mr. Dorner, according to statements reported in the L.A. Times.
“You can leave and you can take your dog,” Mr. Dorner reportedly told Mr. Heltebrake, according to the L.A. Times.
Mr. Dorner was charged in the murder of three — a couple and a police officer — days earlier, prompting the biggest manhunt in California history.
It apparently came to a violent, fiery end Tuesday night after fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner’s cabin hideout was engulfed in flames in a remote corner of the San Bernardino mountains.
Dorner, 33, whose anger over being fired from the force fueled a weeklong shooting spree that left four dead, never emerged from the cabin near Big Bear Lake even as it burned to the ground and smoke rose from the snow-covered mountains.
Police and fire units were standing down and allowing the cabin to burn after it caught fire Tuesday afternoon. The sound of ammunition exploding inside the cabin could be heard.
Authorities on the scene told the Associated Press overnight that charred remains believed to be the body of Dorner were found inside the burning cabin — but officials cautioned that tests would be needed to establish positive identification.
“We have reason to believe that it is him,” said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman.
A single shot was heard inside before the cabin was engulfed in flames, a law enforcement official told AP.