A body was found inside the wreckage of the mountain cabin where Christopher Dorner barricaded himself, several sources said Tuesday night, but authorities have not confirmed it.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a body was found inside the burned-down cabin in Big Bear, Calif. A source told the paper the body has yet to be identified as Dorner and that process could take as long as several days. As police fired tear gas into the cabin, a gunshot was heard before the cabin was engulfed in flames. It is unclear if Dorner committed suicide. On Twitter, NBC News also cites a source saying a body was found in the cabin.
Police moved in to tear down the cabin after efforts to get Dorner to surrender were met with no response. The wreckage was soon on fire and several other gunshots, caused by exploding ammunition, could be heard, notes the LA Times. Police were attempting to recover the body and had concentrated search efforts to the basement. The possible end of the manhunt comes after a week of violence in which four individuals, two of them police officers, were killed and four more were wounded.
Police believe Dorner had used the cabin near Big Bear as a hideout during the weeklong manhunt. Earlier in the day, Dorner broke into a home and stole a truck, leading police on a violent chase back to the cabin. From there, police and Dorner were engaged in a shootout that left one officer dead and another wounded.
A Los Angeles Police Department media briefing is scheduled for midnight EST and on Twitter the LAPD said it, “HAS NOT CONFIRMED OR MADE ANY STATEMENTS REGARDING A BODY BEING LOCATED, REMOVED OR IDENTIFIED FROM THE LOCATION IN SAN BERNARDINO.”