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The intense standoff between police and a man suspected of being Chris Dorner that killed one officer and wounded another is still one of mystery. Officials are saying a charred human body that is believed to be Chris Dorner was found in the rubble of the cabin where the former LAPD officer was believed to be barricaded. They also discovered personal belongings such as a wallet and a California driver’s license with Dorner’s name on it. Although reports of who actually set the cabin ablaze are conflicting, many suspect authorities set the cabin on fire to protect themselves from any potential of additional deadly encounters.
“Investigators have located charred human remains within the debris of the burned out cabin,” a San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department press release said. “Identification will be attempted through forensic means.” Reports of Dorner’s death were conflicting earlier Tuesday evening, as the LAPD and San Bernardino sheriffs confirmed that a body had not been recovered from the cabin, countering earlier reports.
The dramatic ending began around 12:20 p.m. after a victim called 911 saying a man believed to be Dorner had held them hostage and stolen their car. The victim is one of two housekeepers that Dorner allegedly detained as they were cleaning a cabin. One victim was able to get away and make the call to emergency responders. Police say the women did not require medical attention and were not hospitalized. After a chase with authorities, Dorner was believed to have barricaded himself in a cabin, where officials claim to have heard a single gun shot inside the cabin, followed by more sounds of gunfire, which authorities said could have been ammunition exploding after the cabin was set on fire.
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