- Christopher Dorner said to have been killed in burning San Bernardino cabin
- He fled to the cabin after crashing a stolen car he had commandeered
- Dorner was involved in running gunfight as he gained entry to cabin
- He killed one sheriff's deputy and injured another, bringing death toll to four
- Video of gunfight saw SWAT officers fire tear gas canisters into cabin
- Deputies outside the cabin can reportedly be heard in police scanner traffic saying the 'burning that f****** house down'
- Dorner's mother Nancy seen drinking white wine and watching the TV coverage of her son's last stand at bar near her home
By Michael Zennie, Thomas Durante and Lydia Warren
PUBLISHED: 09:33 EST, 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:15 EST, 13 February 2013
A Boy Scout leader carjacked by Christopher Dorner seconds before the 'killer cop' opened deadly fire on officers and barricaded himself in a cabin has revealed the terrifying moments with the man who shot dead four people and wounded three others.
Rick Heltebrake said Dorner took his truck at gunpoint near Big Bear Lake, California, on Tuesday afternoon. Ten seconds later, Heltebrake said he heard guns shot as the former LAPD officer engaged police in a raging firefight.
Authorities announced on Wednesday that they believe Dorner is dead. A charred body was found in the remote cabin where he barricaded himself and held officers at bay for about two hours. The cabin caught fire and burned to the ground in the midst of the standoff.
Dorner's drivers license was found in the rubble, but forensic tests must confirm the identity of the remains.
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Shootout: Sheriff's deputies can be seen firing shots near the cabin, as it begins to burn
Counter attack: An officer is seen lobbing a gas grenade as others open fire on the cabin where Christopher Dorner barricaded himself
Identification: Investigators will attempt to determine if the remains are Dorner's through forensic test, but it could take up to a week
Burned to the ground: This is the wreckage of the cabin where Christopher Dorner is believed to have died
'I think we all are breathing a sigh of relief. We do believe it is the body of Christopher Dorner. But we don't know for certainty,' Antonio Villaraigosa told CNN on Wednesday morning.
The former U.S. Navy Reserve lieutenant shot two San Bernardino sheriff's deputies, killing one and gravely wounding the other during his last stand.
Heltebrake said he was down a remote road in San Bernardino National Forest on Tuesday, when an armed figure stepped out of the woods.
'I saw some movement in the trees and it was Christopher Dorner,' he said.
'He came out onto the road onto the snow... He pointed his rifle at me, I stopped, put my truck in park and put my hands up.'
As Dorner approached his vehicle, he noted that the former LAPD officer, who had already shot dead a couple in their car in Irvine and a police officer in Riverside, was dressed for a firefight.
'He was dressed in camouflage,' Heltebrake told Good Morning America. 'He had an assault sniper-type rifle. He had a big ballistic vest on. He was dressed up to do some damage it looked like.'
Lucky to be alive: Rick Heltebrake was carjacked by Christopher Dorner and says the revenge-bent former cop pointed an assault rifle at his head
Burned down: This is the collapsed cabin where Christopher Dorner was believed to be hiding. It burned to the ground two hours after a gun battle that claimed the life of one sheriff's deputy
Under their noses: This map reveals that Dorner was possible hiding out in a cabin very close to the spot where he ditched his truck - which was the center of attention for a massive search effort
Dorner ordered Heltebrake out of the car - but the man did not want to leave his Dalmatian, Suni, behind.
'He said, "I don't want to hurt you, start walking up the road and take your dog with you",' Heltebrake recounted. 'Within about 10 seconds I heard a volley of gunfire.'
He said that Dorner had turned his truck around and headed back down the hill and came across a sheriff's vehicle, which had been close behind.
'They came face to face and one of those sheriff's deputies ended up dying,' Heltebrake said.
Dorner is believed to have died inside the remote mountain cabin in the San Bernardino National Forest where he barricaded himself and held officers at bay for about two hours.
VIDEO: Watch the cabin battle with fugitive former Los Angeles police officer
WAS DORNER'S MOTHER DRINKING WHITE WINE AS SHE WATCHED HER SON'S LAST STAND ON TV?
A woman believed to be Christopher Dorner's mother was spotted drinking white wine and eating chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant as she watched TV coverage of her son making his last stand against police.
KCAL-TV reports that Nancy Dorner, or a woman who looked like her, showed up to the La Capilla Mexican Restaurant near her home in La Palma.
Mrs Dorner and a friend claimed she didn't know the fugitive ex-LAPD cop, but when reporters left, she began intently asking about the manhunt.
About 30 minutes later, the woman was spotted returning to the Dorner family home.
He shot two San Bernardino County
sheriff's deputies during an escape attempted - killing one and gravely
wounding the other. Other deputies drove him back inside with gunfire.
standoff ended after 5pm local time when the cabin went up in flames
after deputies began blasting tear gas canisters through the windows.
A single gunshot was heard coming from the cabin before the structure was fully engulfed by the blaze.
reportedly found a charred body in the basement of the cabin, though
authorities are waiting for forensic tests to make the final
determination that Dorner is, in fact, dead.
Hundreds of officers across Southern California had been on the hunt for the former Navy reservist since police said he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his sacking.
Authorities believe Dorner barricaded himself inside the cabin and a fire later ensued.
Police scanner traffic reportedly included deputies shouting 'burn the f****** house down.'
Thousands of officers had been on the hunt for the former Navy reservist since police said he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his sacking.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has called the search for Dorner the most extensive manhunt in the region's history and an LAPD spokesman said that some 50 families considered his potential targets would remain under guard for the time being.
This woman, believed to be Christopher Dorner's mother Nancy, was seen eating chips and salsa and drinking white wine and watching TV coverage of her son making his last stand
'Until Dorner has been identified or we have him in handcuffs we're going to continue as if he's still out there,' Commander Andrew Smith said.
Police had been searching the snow-covered woods near Big Bear Lake, a resort town about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, after Dorner's truck was found late last week.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman told reporters on Tuesday night that the man who barricaded himself inside the cabin and exchanged gunfire with officers was thought to be Dorner and that 'we believe he was still inside' when it went up in flames.
The climax to the saga unfolded after police learned that a gunman they believed was him had broken into a home near the ski resort community of Big Bear Lake, tied up a couple and stolen their vehicle.
State game wardens later spotted the
vehicle and gave chase.
The suspect crashed the car, then commandeered a pickup truck at gunpoint from another motorist, said Lieutenant Patrick Foy of the state Fish and Wildlife Department.
As game wardens pursued him, the suspect fired at them from the window of the truck, and one of the game officers stopped his truck and fired back with a high-powered rifle, Foy said, adding that he did not know whether the man was hit.
Officers got close enough at one point during the chase to recognize the driver as Dorner, Foy said
Surrounded: This cabin the building where Christopher Dorner was believed to be holed up after shooting at game wardens and wounding two sheriff's deputies
Crime scene: A highway patrol officer checks in with colleagues at a roadblock on on Highway 38 in San Bernardino County
He ultimately abandoned the pickup and fled on foot into the woods to a cabin believed to be vacant, where he holed up inside and exchanged fire with sheriff's deputies.
After a lull in the gunfire, the cabin suddenly caught fire, with smoke and flames seen engulfing the structure. Loud popping sounds could be heard from inside.
Dorner's last confirmed encounter with authorities came early last Thursday, when police said he ambushed two policemen at a traffic light in Riverside, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles. One officer was killed and the other wounded.
Alerting the press: San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department public information officer Cindy Bachman gives a statement last night
Taking aim: Officers set up behind a pick-up truck near the cabin where Dorner was hiding out
The former U.S. Navy officer, is also suspected of exchanging gunfire on Thursday with police and wounding one officer in nearby Corona.
He first came to public notice last Wednesday when police identified him as a suspect in the slayings of a campus security officer and his fiancee, the daughter of a retired Los Angeles police captain. In the manifesto posted on his Facebook page, Dorner blamed the captain for his dismissal from the LAPD.
posted a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner's capture,
an amount they said was the largest ever offered in a Southern
California criminal investigation.
An angry manifesto posted last week on Dorner's Facebook page claimed he had been wrongly terminated from the LAPD in 2008.
He vowed to seek revenge by unleashing 'unconventional and asymmetrical warfare' on officers and their families.
San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department public information officer Cindy Bachman said during a late night news conference: They have a very large crime scene to process... At the same time, they're mourning one of their brothers who was killed.'
Dorner had taken cover in the small building about 2pm local time. At 4:15pm, it caught fire after SWAT officers fired several tear gas canisters into the windows.
The blaze spread rapidly, but deputies did not appear to budge from their positions.
Killer: Dorner, pictured in a January surveillance tape, reportedly shot two deputies on Tuesday as tried to escape out of the back door of the building, killing one
Patrol: A San Bernardino County Sheriff's vehicle is parked at a road block on Highway 38 near the burned-out cabin
VIDEO: Police close in on cop killer Christopher Dorner
A single gunshot was heard coming from inside the cabin before the cabin was fully engulfed in flames.
SWAT officers stood down and walked away from the building about 45 minutes later, KCAL-TV reported.
A a CBS2/KCAL9 correspondent was caught in the middle of the action when the gunfight began.
Carter Evans was describing the situation to anchor Sandra Mitchell via cell phone when authorities began exchanging gunfire.
Gunfire was heard from several directions and an unidentified voice told Mr Evans ' Hey! Get the f*** out of here now!'
Earlier in the afternoon, hundreds of gunshots could be heard in the woods in San Bernardino National Forest as officers exchanged assault weapons fire with Dorner, who had promised to 'wage war' against police and kill any officers who tried to stop him.
Dorner, a combat-trained U.S. Navy reserve officer, shot two San Bernardino sheriff's deputies as he tried to make an escape from the cabin, but was driven back inside under heavy gunfire.
Before the shootout Dorner is thought to have broken into a cabin days ago in the San Bernardino Mountains, tied a couple inside up and held them hostage until he left Tuesday morning, a source told the Los Angeles Times.
The firefight began when a California Fish and Game warden spotted Dorner in a stolen pickup on Tuesday morning and tried to stop him. Dorner opened fire as he fled.
He crashed the truck and then bailed out and he ran through the mountains on foot.
Federal agents and San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies pursued Dorner and engaged him in a running gun battle, KCAL-TV reports.
Waiting: Heavily-armed officers waited around the corner of a cabin near the location where Christopher Dorner was believed to be holed up
Gun battle: Dozens of heavily-armed officers are poured into the region to surround the cabin where Dorner was pinned down
Holding out: Officers used their SUV as cover as they took up positions around the cabin
The Los Angeles Times reports that Dorner wounded a deputy while shooting through a window in the cabin.
He reportedly shot a second deputy after he threw a smoke bomb and tried to escape out of the back door of the building.
He was driven back by gunfire from the other officers on the scene.
The heavy gunfire meant a medical evacuation helicopter could not land near the scene.
Police threw smoke bombs to could obscure the roads so the wounded deputies could be driven to a in the back of a pickup to the chopper.
As the scene unfolded Dorner's supporters on Twitter continue to cheer him on despite the further bloodshed - a Facebook page of Dorner's fans has reached over 9,000 likes by late Monday evening.
Dorner has been on the run since Thursday, when he allegedly killed a police officer in Riverside and wounded two others.
He is also wanted for murdering a couple in Irvine on Feburary 3.
Police engaged with Dorner after he reportedly robbed and tied up a couple in a remote cabin 20 miles from the town of Big Bear, California.
On the lookout: Redlands Police officers man a blockade patrol on a road near the entrance to the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California
No stone unturned: Heavily armed SWAT officers searched cars coming down Highway 38 during the manhunt for former Dorner, in Yucaipa, California
Checks: Law enforcement officers inspect cars at a roadblock near Angeles Oaks after the standoff with Dorner
Heavy equipment: Dozens of officers, troopers, federal agents and sheriff's deputies poured into the area on Tuesday afternoon
The standoff took place about 20 miles from the place where his truck was found in Big Bear
He held the pair hostage for several days - possibly hiding out right under the noses of 150 SWAT officers who were combing the mountains looking for him.
The incident could explain how Dorner was able to survive the frigid, snowy weekend on the mountain.
He then stole their pickup truck - which is the vehicle that game wardens attempted to stop.
The encounter came as police had scaled back their presence in the mountains 100 miles east of Los Angeles six days after police across Southern California began hunting for him..
He was reportedly hiding out in a campground in the middle of the national forest, far from where police found his burned-out truck on Thursday.
Plotted: Christopher Dorner, who is seen here during a training video filmed while a member of the LAPD, purchased scuba gear two days before beginning alleged spree
Dorner purchased scuba gear two days before beginning his alleged spree, it was revealed today.
The development comes as more than 9,000 sick fans have shown their support for the alleged murderer on a Facebook page.
In video footage shown below, Dorner, 33, can be seen purchasing the oxygen tanks at Sports Chalet in Torrance, California, on February 1.
Dorner, who was a Naval reservist, paid for the equipment in cash and appeared friendly towards the cashier, the surveillance footage shows.
purchase further backs up how Dorner, whose online manifesto details
how he planned to target the family members of LAPD cops who he feels
wronged him, plotted out his revenge plot in advance.
Surveillance camera footage of Dorner purchasing scuba gear
Dorner's run from the law has created a legion of sick supporters.
A Facebook page entitled, 'I support Christopher Jordan Dorner,' has sprouted up and more than 9,000 crazed fans have liked it.
'I love how the lapd says 'we will not stand for this reign of terror' when they are the ones acting like terrorists,' one commenter wrote.
Murdered: Riverside police officer Michael Crain died Thursday when Chris Dorner allegedly ambushed his patrol car
Meanwhile, police in Riverside, California, have identified the officer allegedly shot dead by fugitive ex-LAPD cop Chris Dorner last week.
Veteran patrolman Michael Crain was ambushed last Thursday while his squad car sad at a traffic light. Dorner allegedly opened fire - killing him and wounding the rookie officer he was training.
Prosecutors on Monday announced that they have charged Dorner with Officer Crain's murder.
Dorner remains at large despite a massive police search and a $1million reward that was offered for his capture on Sunday. About 600 tips have come into the LAPD since the bounty was announced.
It was revealed on Sunday that Dorner received flight training when he served in the U.S. Navy and could attempt to steal an airplane to escape authorities.
Officer Crain, 34, was a decorated retired Marine Sergeant who was devoted to his wife Regina, ten-year-old son Ian and four-year-old daughter Kailyn, fellow officers said.
He coached his son's baseball team and dutifully attended his daughter's dance recitals.
Officer Joshua Ontko, who had worked as Crain's partner, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that the veteran patrol always knew how to defuse a situation and calm down agitated or aggressive people.
'He had a way of talking to people… and people listened to him,' Officer Ontoko said. 'What he taught me was that, half the time, people, no matter what their situation is, just want to be heard.'
Officer Crain was a SWAT officer who also trained rookies. He was with a 27-year-old trainee on Thursday night when Dorner allegedly pulled up to his squad car stopped at a red light and opened fire with an assault rifle.
Sick: This Facebook page of Dorner's fans has reached over 9,000 likes by late Monday evening
Determined: Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck, right, said raising the $1million reward for information about Christopher Dorner was 'remarkably easy' because the community is terrified
Officer Crain was killed. The trainee was shot in his shoulders and his chest.
A witness who ran over to help had to push the button on the radio to call for help. The young officer remains in the hospital recovering from his wounds. His name has not been released.
Officer Crain, who taught combat training at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps post outside San Diego, was a conscious patrolman who always knew how to safely get himself and his officers out of dangerous situations.
But, he was ambushed and caught totally unawares on Thursday night, his friend Officer Ontoko said.
'That’s what’s so sad. He didn’t even have a chance. There’s nothing he could have done. He never even saw it coming,' he said.
Murdered: Monica Quan, right, and her fiance Keith Lawrence, were shot to death in the car outside their home in Irvine last Sunday
Taunted: Randall Quan was an LAPD captain who retired to become a lawyer. He represented Dorner at the police board hearing where he was stripped of his badge
Leaving no stone unturned: Police respond to a possible sighting of Dorner in the Northridge area of Los Angeles
It was reported on Sunday that Dorner called the father of one of his alleged victims to taunt him about his daughter's death, it was revealed today.
He is suspected of shooting Monica Quan and her fiance Keith Lawrence in their car in Irvine, California, last Sunday as 'punishment' against her father Randall Quan, a former Los Angeles police captain.
Dorner wrote online that he blames Quan for his 2009 firing from the LAPD. Quan represented Dorner at the review board hearings that led to his dismissal.
The LAPD urged Dorner to turn himself in and on Sunday offered a $1million reward for information leading to his arrest.
AMBUSHED: THE TRAGIC LOST LIVES OF DORNER'S ALLEGED VICTIMS
Monica Quan, 28, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, 27, were found shot in his car in the parking structure of their Irvine condominium complex on Feb. 3.
Quan was in her second year as assistant women's basketball coach at the University of California, Fullerton - the culmination of her love for the game that began when she was a child.
A standout high school basketball player, Quan once dreamed of playing professionally for the Los Angeles Sparks. She had a reputation for being fiery and intense.
Quan met Lawrence while both were playing basketball at Concordia University in Irvine.
After several coaching jobs, she joined Fullerton, where she was known as 'Coach Mo.'
'I loved her work ethic. I loved her passion for life,' head coach Marcia Foster said.
Quan's father, Randal, was the first Chinese-American captain in the Los Angeles Police Department. Later, as an attorney, he represented Dorner in the officer's failed appeal of his dismissal to a department Board of Rights.
Dorner allegedly posted an online rant naming Quan and others that says: 'I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours.'
Keith Lawrence loved basketball so much that he would drive miles for a pickup game. But his professional goal was to be a cop.
In August, he was hired as an armed public safety officer at the University of Southern California, where he was praised for his professionalism. Before taking the job, he attended the Ventura County Sheriff's Academy and trained with Oxnard police.
He grew up playing basketball. As a player in high school and at Concordia University, he was known for his calm, no-drama attitude, even after scoring a half-court basket.
Friends told the Orange County Register that Lawrence was flamboyant in other ways; he loved wearing bright colors, such as neon green and yellow, and loudly played every kind of music from hip-hop to country.
He and Quan were such basketball fans that Lawrence even wanted to propose at a Nike store. His younger brother, Chris, talked him out of it.
Days before their deaths, Lawrence instead scattered rose petals on the floor of their Irvine home, got down on a knee and asked for her hand, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Crain, a police officer with the city of Riverside, was mortally wounded on Feb. 7 in an ambush shooting as he sat in a police car at a stoplight.
Crain, 34, leaves his wife, a 4-year-old daughter and a son, 10. They remain under police protection until Dorner is caught.
According to the department, Crain loved attending dance recitals with his daughter, coaching his son's baseball team and restoring his 1970 Chevy Nova.
An acquaintance told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that Crain, a SWAT and field training officer, was always focused on officer safety when answering a call, and always had a plan if something went bad.
But officials said he had no time to react when a car pulled up and rifle fire erupted as Crain and a trainee officer sat in their patrol car during a graveyard shift. The trainee was wounded and is expected to survive.
Crain joined the Riverside police force in 2011 after leaving the Marine Corps, where he served two tours in Kuwait, was promoted to sergeant, and later taught military operations in urban terrain at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.
His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said on Sunday that the $1 million bounty is likely be the largest reward ever offered in Southern California.
He said raising the money was 'remarkably easy' because of the threat Dorner poses to law enforcement officers and their families in the region.
The money came from police unions, local businesses, community groups and local government across Southern California.
'We will not tolerate this reign of terror that has robbed us of our security,' Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed at a press conference Sunday afternoon.
Yesterday, police searching for Dorner suggested they may use drones in the hunt.
Lockdown: A San Bernardino County Probation officer keeps parents at the entrance of Big Bear High School after it was locked down as a result of the manhunt
Road block: A San Bernardino County Sheriff Department deputy redirects traffic at a road block near the Bear Mountain ski area where he held two people hostage
Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said they are 'using all the tools at our disposal' when asked whether drones were being deployed, according to The Express.
It is believed thermal imaging cameras on the drones could prove crucial in the search.
and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio added: 'This agency has been at
the forefront of domestic use of drones by law enforcement', according
to The Express.
The former U.S. Navy Reserve lieutenant is believed to be on the loose after he evaded a massive manhunt that had tracked him to Big Bear, California.
Police on Sunday dramatically scaled down their search of the mountains in the mountain resort since they found his abandoned burned-out truck there on Friday.
Some 125 heavily-armed officers scoured the area this weekend. That number has now been scaled back to just 25.
Earlier in the afternoon, police and detectives were spotted at the home of Dormer's mother in La Palma, California after they obtained a warrant to search the property.
A host of law enforcement: police, detectives and US Marshals obtained a warrant to search t he home of Dormer's mother in La Palma, California
The strange proclamations from Dormer have elicited little concrete information as to his whereabouts
ABC News reports that Dorner cruelly taunted Mr Quan last Thursday - four days after he allegedly murdered his daughter and 11 hours after he allegedly shot three police officers - one of them fatally.
A man claiming to be Dorner reportedly called the grieving Mr Quan and told him he 'should have done a better job of protecting his daughter.'
In the manifesto that Dorner posted on his Facebook page, he listed Quan and dozens of other people, all of them involved in his firing, as targets. He promises to murder the families of the officers and to kill anyone who tried to stop him.
'I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own... so I am terminating yours,' he wrote.
Scaled back: Officers have reduced their presence in Big Bear Lake, California - Dorner's last known location - have reduced their presence from 125 officers to just 25 on Sunday
Chief Beck revealed Sunday that '50 LAPD families' are under armed guard and surveillance because they were mentioned as potential targets.
'They are not only targets, but likely likely victims,' he warned at a press conference.
Dorner has already possibly tried to attack one of the names on his list. On Thursday, his truck was spotted in the area of one of the potential targets on the list.
Two LAPD officers guarding the home chased after Dorner and engaged him in a firefight. Dorner responded by unleashing such a punishing flurry of bullets that the officers' squad car was no longer drivable.
One of the officers was grazed in the head by a shot.
Just minutes later, he allegedly pulled up to a Riverside police car that was stopped at a red light and opened fire.
A 34-year-old police trainer with 11-years on the force was killed. A 27-year-old trainee was gravely wounded and remains in intensive care after undergoing surgery. Their names are not being released to protect their families.
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