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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.

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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Virtual Insanity    

They haven't entered the cabin or recovered the body.

581 days ago


watching the press conference now.they said it is still to hot they havent even been inside of the rubble yet and no body has been found.said that any reports of a body are false.

581 days ago


Apparently he tried to get out the back door but "was pushed back in" the cabin. He should not have been pushed back in. Or perhaps this was to silence him.

581 days ago


The way they killed him - shooting and burning him to death instead of arresting him - exactly proves his point and the principles he sacrificed his life for - to bring attention to the corrupt cops. He knew if he surrendered they'd shoot him, but they achieved their goal, taking the law into their hands as they usally do, telling the media to stop showing the footage so they can do their dirty deed. He did not die in vane because I read his manifesto and sympathise with him and his views.

581 days ago

Throwback kid    

It's too bad the Kardashian family along with Kanye weren't vacationing in a cabin in Big Bear with Dorner taking the place over and then having the LAPD do what they do best torch the place and burn them all FLAME ON!!!!!

581 days ago


No body has been recovered. It's too hot to even go in the burned cabin. C'mon, TMZ!

581 days ago

cartel de sinaloa    

They didn't kill none of the other dudes that killed innocent ppl like the aurara dude but yet DORNER WAS THE FIRST TO GET MURDERED BY THE GOV....WITH NO TRIAL!!! Hmmm I wonder why!??

581 days ago


I don't think its him. I think he left the owner of that cabin there to burn and he got away

581 days ago


To bad we will never know what really made this guy flip out.

581 days ago


For Fuuks Sakes TMZ - if you're going to do REAL new stories, at least get the facts right.

2 Deputies were shot - 1 was killed.

Chris Dorner has been pissed off at the world since he was a little kid. He did have some legitimate beefs, but he often used violence before trying other avenues. He killed 4 people, and only 1 was an LA cop. PLEASE READ THE MANIFESTO before you call this guy a hero.

581 days ago


Get your facts straight body confirmed yet!!!

581 days ago


this guy was crazy for sure. all this because he was fired 5 years ago?

581 days ago

Will always LOVE RJ    

Who was firing the FULL AUTO?? Dorner or the PIGS!

581 days ago


They burned him alive ala Waco

581 days ago


This POS went out the same way Donald "Cinque" Defreeze went out in the 1970's. Anyone remember the SLA shootout in South LA?

I think I even remember our bud Harvey Levin being there. But I could be wrong about that.

This dude's life was not over. He was still in the Navy as of 2/1, in the reserve as a lieutenant. He could have gone active and had still had a career.

And, if he had no "job", how did he qualify for a loan to purchase the house in LV in 2009? Does not compute.

Jerk was chewing his liver about this LAPD thing for 5 YEARS! What a pansy.!

581 days ago
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