LIVE UPDATES: Fugitive Ex-LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner Believed to Be Dead After Standoff With Police
Tuesday, reports came out of California that Christopher Dorner, the ex-LAPD officer wanted for murder and the subject of an intensive manhunt that began last week, had been spotted by law enforcement officials in the Big Bear area and was exchanging fire with them.
UPDATE, 11a ET: In a briefing, LAPD said it will continue to provide security to those threatened in Dorner's manifesto until positive identification of the body is made.
UPDATE, 10a ET: According to Associated Press reports, Dorner's license was found in the rubble of the burned-out cabin.
UPDATE, Wednesday 8:33a ET: Overnight, investigators found a charred body within the burned out cabin in California, believed to be where Christopher Dorner started a shootout with police. Authorities will now work to identify the remains.
New video below captures the gunfight as it went down.
UPDATE, Tuesday 11:05p ET: LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said the cabin is still too hot for entry. No officers have gone inside yet. Any reports of a body being taken out of the cabin are not true.
UPDATE, 11:00p ET: A charred body, believed to be Dorner, was removed from the cabin. We are still waiting for official confirmation from police on the identity.
UPDATE, 8:05p ET: Earlier, Shep talked with a local FOX reporter who knew the San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who was killed earlier today, allegedly in a shootout with Dorner. Check out the interview below.
UPDATE, 8:00p ET: A tactical operation by SWAT team officers is underway at the cabin, which continues to burn. Police have not said anything yet about Dorner's condition.
UPDATE, 7:35p ET:Below is a photo showing the flames billowing out of the cabin in which murder suspect Christopher Dorner was holed up during standoff with LAPD officers:
UPDATE, 7:26p ET: The San Bernardino County sheriff said both of the officers wounded were deputies in his department. One died of his injuries, but he said the other is in surgery and expected to survive.
UPDATE, 7:23p ET: Authorities report ammunition inside the cabin has been exploding.
UPDATE, 7:21p ET: Trace Gallagher reports the cabin where Dorner is holed up is now fully engulfed in flames.
UPDATE, 7:14p ET: Trace Gallagher says police officers have been firing tear gas canisters at or into the cabin. He said there have been no shots fired from the cabin in about an hour.
UPDATE, 7:09p ET:In a live report from Big Bear, California, a local reporter told Shepard Smith that word on the ground is that the wife of the police officer killed during Tuesday night's shootout recently gave birth, and the scene is quite somber after the news of his death.
UPDATE, 6:49p ET: Fox News reported that according to Los Angeles affiliate KTTV, one of the deputies wounded in the initial gun fight in Big Bear has died. The other officer is believed to be in critical condition.
Read Dorner's online manifesto.
UPDATE, 6:25p ET: Andrew Smith, Commander of Media Relations and Community Affairs for LAPD, gave remarks to the press in a news conference held moments ago:
UPDATE, 6:10p ET: James Usera, former friend of Dorner's, reacts amid accused cop killer’s standoff with police . Watch the interview here.
UPDATE, 5:35p ET:Authorities say Dorner has been tossing smoke grenades at police. The FAA has issued flight restrictions in the Big Bear area. Stay tuned to Fox News Channel for a 6p ET LAPD press conference on the situation.
All roads in and out of the area have been closed.
UPDATE, 5:15p ET: The San Bernardino County Sheriff's office said he is barricaded in a cabin. The sheriff asked media helicopters to pull back or leave the area of the barricaded suspect. Gunfire is being exchanged between law enforcement and the suspect.
UPDATE, 4:55p ET:Check out this map that shows the landmarks of Dorner's week-long battle with police. Police are currently searching for him in Big Bear, Calif. Fox News also reported that the gun fire has stopped and that two police officers are believed to have been hit by bullets.
UPDATE, 4:45p ET: Trace Gallagher reports authorities now confirm that police officers are in a gun battle with Dorner.
UPDATE, 4:35p ET: Trace Gallagher just reported that according to police scanners, police reserves have been called in as backup at a possible firefight situation taking place in the Los Angeles area involving Dorner.
Check out the report from Trace:
Below is more information just out from the Associated Press:
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A law enforcement official says a person believed to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings has exchanged gunfire with authorities in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The officer requested anonymity because the officer was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.
The officer tells The Associated Press it's believed Christopher Dorner committed a residential burglary of a cabin and had a couple tied up in the cabin. One was able to get away and make a call.
Authorities responded to the location and gave chase Tuesday when Dorner fled in a stolen car. Gunfire was exchanged.