Police: Can't confirm body is Dorner's, but manhunt is done
February 13th, 2013
07:41 PM ET

Police: Can't confirm body is Dorner's, but manhunt is done

[Updated at 7:41 p.m. ET] San Berardino County Sheriff John McMahon says he can't positively confirm that a body found yesterday after a massive manhunt in California is that of murder suspect Christopher Dorner, but investigators believe the body is his, and the search is over.

"We’re not currently involved in a manhunt,” McMahon told reporters at a news conference Thursday.

The county coroner's division is working to positively identify the body, which authorities recovered from a cabin after officers stormed it following a shootout Wednesday afternoon in the San Bernardino National Forest.

McMahon also said that officers did not intentionally set the cabin on fire. McMahon said officers toward the end of the standoff fired pyrotechnic tear gas canisters into the structure, which then caught fire, but the fire "was not on purpose."

"We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out," McMahon said.

[Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET] Los Angeles police will not "speculate at this point" whether the body found after a massive manhunt in California is murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, Police Lt. Andy Neiman told reporters Wednesday.

[Posted at 11:08 a.m. ET] The murder investigation targeting Christopher Jordan Dorner continues, but the Los Angeles Police Department has returned to a normal state of operations since Tuesday night, police spokesman said.

That's when police stormed a cabin where Dorner is thought to have died. Dorner is an ex-LA cop who vowed to kill police officers to avenge what he called an unfair termination.

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  1. Thanatos

    They hired Dorner because he was a bully and a -t.h.u.g- just like them. Nuff said.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Basil Wrathbone

      Well said, brother!

      February 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    How extraordinary that many writers here are hailing Mr. Dormer as "a hero!"

    February 13, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Figures that they go bacj to business as usual! Notiing will ever change their corrupt ways. And i dont believe they got him either i think hes long gone out of this country!

    February 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. edward

    If Dorner killed those people he is no hero, but it seems more and more like a set up by the LAPD. I can't believe that a true killer like the pd say he is would allow a guy to get his dog out of the car he is hijacking while he is been chased by cops. Why would a killer worry about a dog? I smell corruption all over the LAPD

    February 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    While exposing corruption within a police department is a good thing, the method he chose to bring attention to his cause is left wanting...I don't think that status quo has changed much from the 90's with the LAPD.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    How does a cop that turns another cop in for brutallity gets fired?
    How did the fire start?

    February 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      It was always burnin since the world was turnin. We didn't start the fire...lol

      February 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      No we didn't light it,
      But we tried to fight it. lol

      February 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @Scottish Mama
    A lot is still fuzzy here.
    But Dorners actions cannot be condoned.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tod

    What is a hero? Someone who stands up for what is right? We justify murder everyday when we are in "so called" wars. We celebrate the heroism of soldiers who killed a lot of people. Our soldiers are fighting the corruption of a government, so what is the difference if the we fight the government here? Who made it OK to kill for war in another country because of a corrupt government, but it is not OK to kill people in our own government when they are corrupt. You people cannot have it both ways. If I were put in a situation where I was doing the right thing and the people at the top were doing the wrong thing and the people at the top are buddies with the judges then how do I solve the problem? Is it not justified to do as our government does and just go in and kill them?
    The point here is that we need to solve the corruption problem and make those at the top realize that they are not above the laws put in place. The big question is how do we do this with the least harm.
    If things keep going the way they are, we may have no choice but to eliminate those that have caused the problems in our governments and the judicial system. It would be best if these people would simply leave their positions of power, but I doubt that will happen so they will eventually have to be forcefully removed.
    Wake up people, corruption is everywhere you have people put in positions of power because many of these people let the power go to their little brains. I say little brains because if they were truly intelligent then they would follow the laws themselves because of the responsibility they were given.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    He was also ex-Navy & served one year in Iraq.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    @Saywhat- never condoned them, just asking questions.
    I will say he must have felt very wronged, he knew he had no chance of living thru it.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Ok heres a MAJOR part of the problem! While you all have admitted that you believe the LAPD is corrupt you are STILL believing that this man did in fact murder people! Now just maybe that story is false also!

    February 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Really, now?
      How does police corruption absolve a former member from murder?

      February 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bubba

    Dorner was being engaged and used the rules of engagement.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Yes "Really now!" You believe he committed murder simply because the LAPD says so, the MOST corrupt police force in the nation! And they havent offered any credible evidence backing up that statement! They have however admitted to mistakenly shooting 2 women who they believed were dorne! This whole fiasco stinks as much as NYCs sewage plant!

    February 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Denise

    Instead of all of this premature speculation (what I call the "throw the spaghetti against the wall and see if any of these rumors turn out to be true" approach to journalism), I think most viewers (except for the conspiracy theorists) would be happier to get accurate news than fast news.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People (party)

    He got away...like Jason bourne

    February 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
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