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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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91.

LRT    

LAPD. Just said," NO ONE has entered the burning cabin.....they do NOT know if a body is inside" Don't yea just lve how the media makes up their own story????

562 days ago
92.

Dee    

His accusations may have well been true...but in the end he accomplished nothing.

562 days ago
93.

BR3478    

I hope it is him because too msny innocent people have been getting killed including those 2 innocent people that were killed by the cops that THOUGHT was him! SMH ridiculous!

562 days ago
94.

Joy    

You need to pull or amend this article. LAPD news conference. No body found. No search yet. Hold of of reporting things until all sources are confirmed.

562 days ago
95.

peoplearesilly    

There is nothing confirmed about this story, and in fact, most news media is saying it's bull****. You people believe this crap off some tabloid website? They haven't even gotten inside yet. Are you all dumb enough to believe that just a few SHORT hours ago the place was in FLAMES, and it's cooled down enough to get in there already? Idiots.

562 days ago
96.

erin    

cnn said no body in the cabin, and fate is unknown...

562 days ago
97.

Zak    

You people that comment on behalf of law

562 days ago
98.

still2easy    

Hope The Man Still Lives...if not...RIP

562 days ago
99.

BrainTheBoxer    

Read the manifesto! This man wanted justice.. He didn't do all this for no reason. The police are racist and corrupt

562 days ago
100.

Wow ...    

No body has been discovered. Cabin to hot to enter.

561 days ago
101.

TRACEEDEE     

Killing is wrong..but a person can only take so much disrespect.i am not saying he's right, but i understand. A mans pride and Character are very important and they (LAPD ) destroyed both. Maybe next time they decide to play with someones livelihood ...they will remember this ....??

561 days ago
102.

tdr9    

Who cares about this non celebrity. Bring back celebrity news please

561 days ago
103.

myopinion    

WOW!!!The media needs to get their facts straight before reporting....They have been reporting he is dead he is NOT dead what is the truth...SMH

561 days ago
104.

Beth    

If it is his body in the cabin, saved my tax dollars from paying for a trial. He is the epitome of a hiring quota. Lowering standard of hiring for LAPD and he is what you get. No honorable officer would "retaliate" for being let go the way this coward did. Another example of angry black man got done wrong... Feels entitled and justified to be a murderer to suit his own agenda.

561 days ago
105.

Zak    

You people that comment on behalf of law enforcement obviously have never been tormented, disrespected, and humiliated by these corrupt,power hungry criminals dressed in blue. It kills me how the term "hero" is always associated with a punk cop or someone in the armed services. Quite simply, they had no other options. They needed someone to take care of them since they couldn't go to college and make something better of themselves, that's why marines always turn into cops when they return from abroad. I'm a highflying successful educated taxpayer that is sick of these bullies in blue. O'reilly and Limbaugh has never had to interface with these dumbasses on a regular basis so their commentary is worthless. How would you feel if you we're humiliated,searched, and degraded on a regular basis? Well many people are everyday and these crooked cops are the biggest criminals on the street. All they do is harass,ticket, and humiliate people everyday to make money to save they're pathetic(taxpayer funded jobs). Sickening.

561 days ago
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