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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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31.

rhode    

This guy was so worried about someone calling him a liar that being called a murder was better? He was nuts and I'm glad he is gone.

583 days ago
32.

softsecrets    

This should be a wake up call to law enforcement agencies everywhere...don't abuse your positions...we're smart enough to know and brave enough to stand up for whats right. Stop abusing your positions of authority...respect everyone dispite the color of their skin or the thickness of their wallets...we've all as a nation have come too far to be thrown backwards. Be careful....be mindful but most importantly...be fare.

583 days ago
33.

Maverick    

Let's hope this guy is dead. Like the other useless pieces of crap that senselessly kill innocent people, it saves the taxpayers millions of dollars in trials and life-long prison sentences.

583 days ago
34.

partypoisonmcr    

Okay, what I want to know is why most of the comments celebrating the end of him have more thumbs down than up, while those that say RIP and such have more thumbs up?

583 days ago
35.

Dynasty    

Big Bear BBQ

583 days ago
36.

juicyyellabone    

May he rip... I knw its crazy to wish he rip but this man had info on lapd and they knew fck lapd... Ugh cant fckn stand a dirty cop rip christopher dorner and prayers go out to the innocent people lives he took

583 days ago
37.

tdr9    

Man if I wanted this kinda news. I'd be watching CNN. Come on tmz enough with these non celebrity news

583 days ago
38.

cartel de sinaloa    

Dorner went out like a straight G!! **** them corrupt police!! **** the police!!! I'm tired of u motha****ers ****n with us ppl!!

583 days ago
39.

Wrestlingmark00    

Glad the ***** is dead he was a coward.

583 days ago
40.

Kev    

i fight authority, authority always wins...

583 days ago
41.

tellmeaboutit     

Very good news, if true. Thanks, law enforcement!

583 days ago
42.

(◉_◉) Brush Your Teeth (◉_◉)    

Who do you think should play Christopher Dorner
When they start production on the movie?


LL CoolJ gets my vote.

583 days ago
43.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Not such a bad ass after all. He died like a p u s s y.

583 days ago
44.

tink2    

RIP, tortured soul.

583 days ago
45.

Sonia    

If he was smarter he woulda kidnapped a guy that looks like him leave him 2burn and flee

583 days ago
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