Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Authorities have ended the search for the 33-year-old fugitive ex-police officer a day after they found charred human remains inside a razed cabin near Big Bear Lake, California.
According to San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon, police have not yet identified the remains as those of Christopher Dorner but “we believe this investigation is over at this point.”
Dorner allegedly killed three people last week and engaged in a shootout police Tuesday, resulting in the death of Detective Jeremiah MacKay while another officer, Alex Collins, was injured.
Police received information that a man matching Dorner’s description stole a vehicle in the area and officers responded.
Reports stated Dorner hid in the cabin and exchanged gunfire with police, before tear gas was fired into the building, and a loudspeaker was used to urge him to surrender.
Afterwards, police heard a single gunshot and the cabin caught fire.
McMahon added forensic tests will determine if the charred remains recovered in cabin belongs to Dorner.
The city of Los Angeles offered a $1 million reward Sunday for information on Dorner while the LAPD announced that they are reopening the case that caused his termination.
Dorner is accused of shooting on two Los Angeles police officers in Corona, harming one, aside from being a suspect in the February 3 slayings of a couple, Monica Quan, and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence in Irvine.
Police had uncovered a multipage manifesto written by Dorner that implicated himself in the slayings.
The document revealed Dorner’s threats against the Los Angeles Police Department officials, including Quan’s father, who was its first Chinese American captain, stating “I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.”
Quan’s father reportedly represented Dorner before a disciplinary tribunal that ruled against the ex-officer during his termination.
Dorner, who worked in the department from 2005 until 2008, claimed he was fired for reporting excessive force by a fellow officer, and said his attacks were retribution for his termination.