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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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61.

Sam    

http://ktla.com/2013/02/12/read-christopher-dorners-so-called-manifesto/

583 days ago
62.

YouDontSay    

I honestly thought he would have taken himself out earlier. Was the right thing to do.

583 days ago
63.

bernergirl    

They reported they heard a final shot and then the gunfire stopped and the fire then continued to burn

583 days ago
64.

thisisme3    

What scares me the most are the ones who think what this guy was right in what he did. The fact that you, supporters of this person, could possibly be in my community. All this talk of corruption..... If he was a real man, he would have spoke out about it instead of killing people. Yes, the LAPD f'd up and bad by shooting innocent people. And for that, hopefully they get severely punished. I have to wonder if one of Dorner's supporters may be the next mass shooter.

583 days ago
65.

Marvin    

His safe house was only fifty yards from the cops dirt parking lot that they used as a staging area all week. The house wasn't checked because there was no sign of forced entry.

583 days ago
66.

steve    

This guy murdered 4 human beings. Yes, 3 were police officers and a college basketball coach! He shot at many other officers over this last week , almost killing them. He was fired as a police officer because of many different issues. He went thru a process and an appeals court and his firing was upheld. He kills a daughter of a retired officer. He executes her boyfriend, a police officer. He then proceeds to shoot and kill two other police officers. These people had families and children. Now, not everyone believes in our justice system or law enforcement and that is a reality. I think what is very troubling, is the " small percentage " of people who thought this guy was unfairly fired, but thought of him as a hero after killing 3 people. A hero?? Far from it!,, but I read comments from people praising this guy for leaving a wife a widow and their children without a father. Man, how do people sleep at night, knowing they wrote something like that! This guy is dead and he is not a threat to anyone else. The only thing he proved was he was a murderer!! The wicked old witch is dead !

583 days ago
67.

charlieyo    

So i Hope from now on everybody murderer has this many cops after him. They kill one of them and the whole force comes out. They kill one of us and they dont give a ****.

583 days ago
68.

bbb1bbb2    

I just hope He made Peace with His God and He also begged His Victims that He Killed if Not Then May He Burn In Hell 4 Enteridy In Hell . 4 The Familes that He Killed May God help U find Peace and 4givenesss + U r in My Thoughts - Prayers . I'm Sorry That U Can't find Justice 4 Your 4 Your Family Member Death , The Only Thing Can Say God Will despence Justice on Mr.Donner and I know that it won't bring back Your Family Member .

583 days ago
69.

Waka Waka Waka    

Watch this guy win Time Magazines most intriguing man of 2013 award...

583 days ago
70.

M.W.electric    

LAPD swat was flown in for back up ....? So, he is dead. Shot himself while the cabin simultaneously caught on fire. Dude was dead wrong for killing anyone. Cop or civilians . I just have to think theirs a little more to this story.

583 days ago
71.

Sjango    

They say its better to burn than fade away rip troubled soul

583 days ago
72.

cartel de sinaloa    

I WISH U GUYS REALLY KNEW HW MANY CORRUPT COPS THERE IS IN THE USA. **** THEM PIGS!! LMFAO !! DORNER WENT OUT LIKE A G!! HELL YEAH!! HOPE ANOTHER MOTHA****A DOES THIS.!! LMFAO

583 days ago
73.

Throwback kid    

Congratulations LAPD you killed another black man that you had no intention of ever taking alive and having stand trial. Dorner knew too much about the corruption in the dept. and it would have come out in trail, it was easier to kill him

583 days ago
74.

Darth Kai    

Not confirmed yet. Don't jump the gun. But I hope that fat bastard dies on fat tuesday!

583 days ago
75.

Made it Past 27    

he might be on the loose, who knows if thats really his body or not, maybe the lapd just doesnt want to scare the citizens or look incompetent

583 days ago
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