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Christopher Dorner

Presumed Dead

After Gun Battle with Cops

2/12/2013 6:00 PM PST UPDATED: 2/12/2013 10:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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8:20 PM -- The LAPD held a news conference and said no body has been pulled out of the scorched cabin yet ... as it is still too hot to enter.

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Law enforcement sources directly connected to the case tell TMZ a body was found inside a Big Bear cabin, and they are all but certain it is Christopher Dorner -- who earlier engaged police in a gunfight before the cabin went up in flames.

We're told positive identification may take a while because the body was badly burned, but our sources are convinced they have their man.

Cops had cornered Dorner in the remote cabin ... after reports came in that he robbed a nearby home, tied up the couple living inside and fled in a white Dodge pickup truck.

A state Fish & Game ranger fired on the vehicle, and cops closed in soon after -- resulting in a violent standoff ... during which tons of shots were fired, hitting two San Bernardino County deputies ... one of whom died at the hospital.

At this point, it's unclear how exactly Dorner died. Cops reportedly heard a single gunshot around the time the cabin ignited ... indicating Dorner might have shot himself.

Dorner was accused of murdering three people -- including one police officer -- in shootings that took place on February 3rd and February 7th in California. Two other police officers were injured in the shootings. 

Cops believe Dorner -- a former LAPD officer who was dismissed in 2008 -- posted a rambling manifesto on his Facebook page ... in which he declared "unconventional and asymmetric warfare" on the LAPD and their families.

In the manifesto, Dorner also expressed his admiration for countless celebrities -- like Charlie Sheen, Bill Cosby, Larry David, and Ellen DeGeneres.

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151.

elcompapopeye    

Poor Guy... If Yá' Only Knew...

515 days ago
152.

Chingy    

He's not dead ediots they found no body in the house

515 days ago
153.

Megankathryne    

ST someone who has a gun, a fire is gonna happen. He shot and killed himself which the gun shot sparked a fire from the gasses. C'mon people forensics. DuhOP accusing the LAPD for setting the fire. When you toss gas and other fumes into a house with

515 days ago
154.

jabberjaws    

cops win again. back to normal. (awful).

515 days ago
155.

mr.howell     

Yes!..good riddance!..but why did the media or TMZ report he took 2 people hostage in the house and 1 escaped? and called 911!..duuhh..doesn't make sense,and who owns the cabin?..

515 days ago
156.

birdman    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCdqybEfy9w&feature=player_embedded

form your own opinion

515 days ago
157.

jabberjaws    

I bet no reward claimed.

515 days ago
158.

Cynic    

now Dorner is toasted, literally, perhaps the real focus can be turned onto the ex State Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe. a completely corrupt judge who failed the american people. so many times

515 days ago
159.

diane    

No loss there

515 days ago
160.

Marcus    

Christopher Dorner LAPD Burn Down Cabin "PLAN BURN" (OFFICIAL SCANNER )

Now mind you, they say "we're going to go forward with the plan with the Burner, like we talked about" Don't get confused that they are using a device to shoot flames at the cabin, Burners is police force talk for CS gas grenades. Now I'm not saying they didn't shoot the grenade toward an area that they knew would catch on fire. But they didn't use gas or set it on fire as this video depicts.RIP Chris

515 days ago
161.

SDnRnRoll    

Standard TMZ to presume stuff.

515 days ago
162.

TT    

Not sure if I should feel sorry for the guy, burn to death is not the way to go.

Or should my sympathy with those innocents he killed.

515 days ago
163.

TT    

There is some audio on this if anybody is interested (link was posted on tweeter by somebody) https://archive.org/details/DornerStandoff2

515 days ago
164.

IowaDimples    

Presumed dead but says how he died. Man your titles and "journalism" is weak. Stick to stupid celebrity news and let the big boys do the real stuff. Doesn't TMZ stand for thirty mile zone anyway (Hollywood area) anyway???

515 days ago
165.

Phishie from Philly    

He's not dead. And the cops shouldn't treat it as he's dead until they have proof. My guess is the body will be burned to bad to get positive ID. Your dealing with an emotionless determined person. His actions where planed out long before this started. You need the military to join forces with the LAPD to track him. LAPD needs help.
Just my opinion on his action.
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Phishie from Philly

515 days ago
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