Remains of alleged cop killer Dorner identified: sheriff


Sat, Feb 16, 2013 - Page 3

Human remains found in a burned-out mountain cabin in California have been confirmed as those of alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner, the local sheriff and coroner’s office said on Thursday.

The 33-year-old was cornered on Tuesday after a six-day manhunt in the cabin near the Big Bear ski resort, two hours east of Los Angeles. Authorities in San Bernardino County used dental records to positively identify his remains.

He was believed to have died amid fierce gunfire after SWAT marksmen surrounded the cabin, which was set alight after police threw pyrotechnic tear gas into it. It was not known if he died from gunfire or from the blaze.

The ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer went on the run last week after allegedly killing a couple and a policeman, and wounding three people. Another officer was killed and one wounded before the cabin blaze.

The manhunt came to a climax on Tuesday in a cabin near the ski resort after Dorner was spotted in a stolen vehicle, and fled on foot after crashing one vehicle and carjacking another.