Dorner Apparently Dead; Beck: Manhunt Could Have Ended Better or Worse


Charred human remains were found in the burned cabin where California authorities think fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner was holed up after trading gunfire with law enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reports. If the body is identified as Dorner, the standoff would end a weeklong manhunt for the ex-LAPD officer and Navy Reserve lieutenant who is believed responsible for a string of revenge-fueled shootings after his firing by the Los Angeles Police Department several years ago. Four people have died, allegedly at Dorner's hands.

“It is a bittersweet night,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. “This could have ended much better, it could have ended worse. I feel for the family of the deputy who lost his life.” According to a manifesto Dorner posted on Facebook, he believed he had been fired unjustly after a disciplinary panel determined that he lied in accusing his training officer of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest. Beck has promised to review the case. The manifesto vowed “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against law enforcement officers and their families. “Self-preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as I died long ago.”

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