BIG BEAR, CA – As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted 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 abruptly 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.
The Los Angeles Times reported that just before 5 p.m., authorities began closing in on the suspect. Authorities broke the cabin’s windows and pumped tear gas. After the tear gas, authorities used a demolition vehicle that removed portions of the cabin’s walls, the report said.