(AP) - Television coverage shows flames and smoke coming from a cabin where officials believe a fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer is holed up.
Officials say one of two deputies who exchanged fire with the suspect from the cabin has died. Both deputies were airlifted to a hospital. Officials say the second deputy required surgery but is expected to survive.
The two deputies had responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. The cabin is in the San Bernardino Mountains, not far from where Christopher Dorner’s burned-out pickup was located. Officers had been swarming the snow-covered Big Bear region since Thursday, when they found the pickup.
The former Navy reservist is accused of killing a former police captain’s daughter and her fiancé and a suburban Los Angeles officer. He had said in an online manifesto that he would bring “warfare” to Los Angeles police and their family members. Dorner claimed in the rambling statement that he was wrongfully fired for reporting the abuse of an arrested man.