The efforts to catch up with former LAPD officer and fugitive Christoper Dorner have taken a turn for the worse. Dorner is believed to be barricaded in a cabin in Southern California and has exchanged gunfire with police, according to CNN. The incident occurred after authorities found a vehicle believed to have been stolen by Dorner and used to get to the cabin.
As of 7:22 pm EST, black smoke was seen rising above the area where the cabin is located, and tear gas has been used to try to capture the suspect. The FBI is involved, along with Federal Marshalls, and nearly every other resource available to the government. A record $1 million dollar reward was offered in exchange for information leading to Dorner’s capture and arrest.
Dorner was allegedly first spotted by the wardens of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The warden on patrol spotted Dorner in the stolen vehicle and exchanged gunfire with him. After being confronted, Dorner left the vehicle and ran to a cabin in the the forest.
Two law enforcement officials were hurt in the shootout today and one of them has died from his injuries. This would make him the fourth person to have died since Dorner began his attacks a week ago.
This from the Huffington Post:
U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said the first exchange of gunfire involved state Fish and Wildlife wardens at 12:42 p.m., and then there was a second exchange with San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, two of whom were wounded. Authorities have not released information on the extent of their injuries.
Police say Dorner began his run on Feb. 6 after they connected the slayings of a former police captain’s daughter and her fiance with an angry Facebook rant they said he posted. Threats against the LAPD led officials to assign officers to protect officers and their families.
Within hours of the release of photos of the 6-foot, 270-pounder described as armed and “extremely dangerous,” police say, Dorner unsuccessfully tried to steal a boat in San Diego to flee to Mexico and then ambushed police in Riverside County, shooting three and killing one.