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No body recovered from burnt cabin, fugitive ex-L.A. officer alive or dead still mystery

English.news.cn   2013-02-13 13:54:11            

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- No body was recovered from a burnt cabin that a fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer were supposed to barricade himself in a standoff with local and federal authorities, both Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and San Bernardino County Sheriff confirmed Tuesday night.

The cabin, which caught on fire after police tried to break into it, was too hot to enter, LAPD and San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokespersons said.

"The cabin is still very hot. It is not safe for investigators to go inside," San Bernardino Sheriff Spokesperson Cindy Bachman said at a press briefing.

It is still unclear whether Christopher Dorner, the 33-year-old fugitive suspect, is alive or dead.

One sheriff deputy was killed and another wounded during a gun battle between law enforcement officers and Dorner in the afternoon.

Dorner was suspected of killing a couple in Irvine and a Riverside police officer and injuring two others last week in a revenge rampage against the police.

He was found in the Big Bear area in San Bernardino of Southern California Tuesday afternoon after he burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole their car.

A massive manhunt for him entered the sixth day on Tuesday.

Dorner was fired by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 2009 after a police disciplinary board found him guilty of making false statement against his training officer, whom he accused of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in 2007.

A manifesto on what is believed to be Dorner's Facebook page criticized racism in LAPD.

LAPD announced Sunday a one-million-dollar rewards for information leading to the capture of Dorner. Police searched in the past several days from Riverside to Corona to Big Bear to Point Loma in San Diego, a large area in Southern California. They found Dorner's abandoned car last Thursday in flames in Big Bear area.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller told media earlier Tuesday that "The suspect fled into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin. A short time later there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect. Sheriff's SWAT is on scene."

After about two hours' standoff, the cabin got on fire when police shot tear gas and tried to break into it.

In a press conference Sunday, LAPD said it will reopen investigation into the firing of Dorner, in a bid to put the public thinking to rest.

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