Breaking News: Fish and Game Official Reveals Chaos before Dorner Gun Battle
UPDATE (9:08 P.M.):
California Fish and game official reveals the mayhem that led to burning cabin. Fish and Game official says suspect believed to be Dorner first stole a purple Nissan, then crashed it, before stealing a white pickup truck. At that time, Fish and Game officials pursued the driver believed to be Dorner, then engaged in a gun battle. No Fish and Game officials were injured. A second gun battle later ensued between Dorner and San Bernardino County Sheriffs. In the second gun battle, gunfire hit two officers. One officer is in surgery, the other died at Loma Linda Hospital.
UPDATE (6:58 P.M.)
LOS ANGELES (AP/CBS/KMIR6) -- LAPD says reports of a body found inside the cabin are false. No body has been found, according to an LAPD spokesperson. Earlier, CBS News is reporting a body believed to be Dorner was found in the cabin, where law enforcement officials say he barricaded himself for several hours this afternoon.
A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the man believed to be fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner never came out of a California mountain cabin engulfed in flames. The person who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation said a single gunshot apparently fired inside the cabin was heard just before the fire broke out Tuesday.
Authorities believe Dorner barricaded himself in the cabin after exchanging gunfire with deputies, killing one and wounding another.
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UPDATE (4:40 P.M.)
BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) -- The cabin where a former police officer is believed to be holed up is one fire.
TV footage from the scene shows smoke pouring from the cabin.
Police surrounded the cabin in the snow-covered woods of Big Bear, a resort town about 80 miles east of Los Angeles where authorities have focused their hunt for Christopher Dorner since they said he had launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.
UPDATE (4:35 P.M.)
BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) -- San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon says one of two deputies wounded in a gunbattle with a man believed to be a fugitive ex-LA cop has died.
The gunbattle broke out in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles early Tuesday afternoon.
The area had been searched since fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner's pickup truck was found burned out near the Big Bear lake ski resort on Thursday.
UPDATE (3:58 P.M.)
BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a gunfight with a man believed to be a fugitive ex-LA cop began when state game wardens confronted him in the San Bernardino Mountains.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller says the battle started at 12:42 p.m. Tuesday, which is about 20 minutes after a vehicle was reported stolen nearby.
Miller says that after the initial exchange of gunfire with the wardens, there was a second exchange with sheriff's deputies, two of whom were wounded.
Authorities have not released information on the extent of their injuries.
Officers have surrounded a cabin where they believe Christopher Dorner is barricaded.
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say the former Los Angeles police officer wanted for killing three people is holed up in a cabin miles from where his truck was found.
A sheriff's official says Christopher Dorner stole a vehicle Tuesday near Big Bear Lake, abandoned it after a chase, ran into the forest and barricaded himself in the cabin. He got into a gunfight with officers, two of whom were injured.
As the crow flies, it's about five miles from where Dorner's pickup was found Thursday, though a ridge with peaks topping 8,000 feet lies between the locations. By road, the areas are about 30 miles apart.
The manhunt for Dorner began Wednesday. In an online post, he targeted dozens of people he feels are responsible for his firing from the LAPD in 2008.