BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A fugitive former Los Angeles cop sought in three killings was barricaded in a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains on Tuesday after a shootout with authorities that wounded two officers.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said the two law enforcement officers were being airlifted to a hospital with unknown injuries.
The shootout occurred after deputies who were searching for Christopher Dorner in the Big Bear area responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the area about 12:20 p.m.
The people whose vehicle was stolen described the suspect as looking very similar to Dorner.
Police located the vehicle, and the suspect ran into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin. A short time later there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect.
It’s not clear which agency the two wounded agents belong to, State Fish and Wildlife Assistant Chief Dan Sforza told KCAL.
It’s also believed Dorner previously committed a residential burglary of a cabin where a couple was tied up, an officer told The Associated Press.
The officer requested anonymity because the officer was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.
One of the people was able to get away and make a call.
The area is in the Big Bear region where a search for Dorner has been under way since his pickup truck was found there Thursday.
A KCAL-TV reporter in the Angelus Oaks area along Highway 38 reported gunfire in his vicinity. The noise of the gunbattle was broadcast by the station, and someone could be heard yelling at the reporter to get out of the area.
Road blocks were set up around Big Bear. A midafternoon news conference was planned in Los Angeles.
The shootout occurred in Seven Oaks off Highway 38, about five miles as the crow flies from where Dorner’s pickup was found. A ridge with peaks topping 8,000 feet lies between the locations. By road, the two areas are about 30 miles apart.
The former Navy reservist began his run from the law on Feb. 6 after authorities connected the slayings of a former police captain’s daughter and her fiance with an angry manifesto they said Dorner posted on Facebook. He vowed to bring “warfare” to Los Angeles police and their family members, which led the department to assign officers to guard more than 50 families connected to his so-called targets.