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AP source: Dorner's license found in burned cabin

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 13, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.


This undated file photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows suspect Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, that a charred body inside the ruins of a mountain cabin that went up in flames is believed to be that of Dorner, suspected in four killings. Other agencies say a body has yet to be found.

— Police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters in their manhunt for a revenge-seeking ex-cop. They had no idea he was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post.

It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that would claim four lives.

The search ended Tuesday when a man believed to be Dorner bolted from hiding, stole two cars, barricaded himself in a vacant cabin and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout in which he killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames.

He never emerged from the ruins and hours later a charred body was found in the basement of the burned cabin along with a wallet and personal items, including a California driver's license with the name Christopher Dorner, an official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

Authorities believe the remains are those of the former Los Angeles police officer, but they have not been formally identified.

LAPD Lt. Andrew Neiman said Wednesday the department has returned to normal patrol operations. He said approximately a dozen of the more than 50 protective details remain in place and will stay that way until the remains are positively identified. "This really is not a celebration," he said. Neiman would not answer any questions regarding what occurred in San Bernardino County, saying it was that jurisdiction's investigation.

Dorner, 33, had said in a lengthy rant police believe he posted on Facebook that he expected to die in one final, violent confrontation with police, and if it was him in the cabin that's just what happened.

Police said Dorner began his run on Feb. 6 after they connected the slayings of a former police captain's daughter and her fiance with his angry manifesto.

Dorner blamed LAPD Capt. Randal Quan for providing poor representation before the police disciplinary board that fired him for filing a false report.

Dorner, who is black, claimed in his online rant that he was the subject of racism by the department and was targeted for doing the right thing.


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GWayne says... February 13, 2013 at 11:44 a.m.

Really?- Have you seen the film footage? His body charred,they aren't even sure its him.
However why did he not have they on him? Doesn't make sense.

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Poorboy says... February 13, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.

Waiting on dental records

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Vickie55 says... February 13, 2013 at noon

As well-trained as this man is, and as elusive as he has been, I would be very careful about making assumptions that the body found was his.

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AmericasDoomed says... February 13, 2013 at 12:03 p.m.

The cabin fire was just a warm-up for where he will spend eternity. Good riddance.

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 13, 2013 at 12:31 p.m.

Another example of a good guy with a gun, becomming a bad guy with a gun. AKA Wayne Lapierre.

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SandersCT says... February 13, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

Funny how durable those drivers license are. Just like they found a 9/11 hijacker passport at ground zero.

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PaulRevere says... February 13, 2013 at 2:35 p.m.

Last I heard LAPD said he was in Mexico. Now he has a fire-proof drivers license. Guess people can choose to believe whatever LAPD is selling, or not.

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