Body identified as Dorner's, police say
February 14th, 2013
06:52 PM ET

Body identified as Dorner's, police say

Medical examiners have confirmed that the charred body found in a cabin near Big Bear Lake, California, is that of Christopher Dorner, the rogue ex-cop wanted in a string of killings around the Los Angeles area, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday.

Identification was made through dental records, sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said. The cause of death wasn't immediately released.

Police say they tracked Dorner to a cabin south of Big Bear Lake, California, on Tuesday, leading to a shootout that killed one deputy. A SWAT team eventually stormed the cabin Tuesday evening, leading to a fire in which authorities now say Dorner died.

Authorities say Dorner launched a guerrilla war against the Los Angeles Police Department over what he considered his unfair dismissal in 2009. Police say they believe Dorner killed four people including two law enforcement officers since February 3.

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  1. ConcernedCitizen

    I'm glad to hear that the integrity of our justice system has been upheld with the courageous act of arson carried out by Southern California's finest.

    I feel much safer knowing the police no longer have to make an effort to detain a suspect and carry out due process or even be sure of their target to ensure that no murderers walk our streets (out of uniform at least).

    February 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      The guy was SHOOTING at cops and he already stated he was going to continue.. What on gods green earth, did u want the officers to do? Explain another way to go about this process .

      February 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConcernedCitizen

      Simple. Wait it out. He was trapped in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the cops weren't sure at first it was Dorner they turned into charcoal briquette then they could not have been sure that he did not have hostages in there. Of course it's really saying anything new that the LAPD is reckless and brutal.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ignignokt the Mooninite

    If he killed himself before the fire consumed him , it will have been an injustice to those families he destroyed .

    February 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bana

    I'm pretty sure this man is telling the truth. All what he wanted was his job back.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jp of Arlington

      And he was going to achieve getting his job back by killing innocent people? You need to get a grip on reality.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruDat

      all he wanted was his job back? lol. so he decided to go on killing spree of innocent people who had nothing to do w/him losing his job.... just another homicidal lunatic.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JayB12

    Cause no one cares about a killer.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jp of Arlington

    Good riddance to a piece of garbage!

    February 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    The cops couldn't just sit there and let him pick them off one at a time. They had to try and smoke him out, if he wanted to live all he had to do is walk out with his hands in the air. But he didn't want to spend the rest of his life in a cell, where he belonged!

    February 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConcernedCitizen

      I agree he belonged in a cell. But he was trapped in cabin in the middle of nowhere and committing arson is crime whether you are a cop or not. They could have waited it out. What if he had had hostages in that cabin? I'll tell you, we'd be reading about how the police were using dental records to identify them too.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      This guy had a 50 caliber sniper riffle, we don't pay cops to die on the job. If you don't think police deserve to die on the job I think you have a problem. This guy is without a doubt was a murderer, he didn't deserve to be a cop and we are lucky he is not a cop anymore. If he snuck out of the cabin in the dark he would have just killed more people.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Let me correct myself, if you think police deserve to die on the job, you have a problem!

      February 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConcernedCitizen

      Potential hostages don't deserve to die either. I am simply pointing out that the tactics LAPD used were reckless and not becoming of those who uphold our law.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bubba

    Don't bother sending a negotiator to talk him out. We have a better idea....incendiary smoke grenades should work fine on a wood frame house.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruDat

      brilliant idea ! lets send in somebody else for him to kill.

      February 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Look up the word " INCENDIARY"

      February 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patines

    RIP Dorner. Your courage was shown with and without uniform and you will be remembered by LAPD, for good or for bad, but your murderers won't be remembered.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruDat

      he cowardly killed 5 people.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Mr. Dorner's careful and expeditious actions resulted in his saving the criminal justice system the expenses of his incarceration, a trial, and possibly a prison term in the event of his possible conviction of any crime or crimes.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aristocrat

      And to keep a lot of LA's dirty little secrets from being exposed in court.

      There was no way the LA Powers That Be were ever going to let the man escape alive. He knew too much.

      February 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jayman419

      I agree. If they had any intention of taking him alive they wouldn't have shot up so many "suspect" vehicles before they even discovered they were driven by white guys and Asian women in them.

      February 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ConcernedCitizen

    I do not disagree with your assessment of Dorner.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. King Deuce

    Hey sheep, what evidence has been presented that he killed anyone? The media told you? LOL The LAPD told you? LMAO!!! They can't even tell the difference between a light blue toyota and a gray nissan. You saw it on TV? Until they actually prove he killed those folks then he's innocent. Doesn't matter what his FB said. Try using your brain for a change. Baaah baaaah. Y'all will believe whatever they put on the TV. Guess what sheep, I saw on the TV Al Gore invented the internet.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gary M

    Tuesday his body burned. Now his soul will burn in Hell for eternity.
    Good riddance.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    I don't think this is an easy thing to deal with for any police force and correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't this sittuation handled by a County Sheriff's office?

    February 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Portland tony

    All I can thiink of is the lyrics "Bad boys bad boys Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you Bad boys, bad boys Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come for you"

    February 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    With so many negative opinions of the LAPD expressed here, I just reviewed my personal experiences.
    Since I began working full-time in "entertainment" in 1960, I have often been in Los Angeles, and often for a week or more per business trip.
    I do not remember one time that I had any conversation with a policeman about anything.

    February 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aristocrat

      I'm guessing it's because you're white. Good guess?

      February 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Aristocrat:
      Bad guess.
      It's basically because I didn't do anything against the law.

      February 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
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