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The Associated Press is reporting that a man believed to be Chris Dorner held a couple hostage in the Big Bear area of California, exchanged gunfire with police, and later stole the couple’s car in a daring escape:
The officer told The Associated Press it’s believed Christopher Dorner committed a residential burglary of a cabin and had a couple tied up in the cabin. One was able to get away and make a call.
Authorities responded to the location and gave chase Tuesday when Dorner fled in a stolen car. Gunfire was exchanged.
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.
San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said a stolen vehicle report from a residence was received at 12:20 p.m.
Christopher Dorner, 33-years old, is being pursued for three killings, which occurred in California.
Monica Quan, one of the victims, was the daughter of a retired LAPD captain who was part of the review process that led to the former officer being dismissed from his job. Dorner stated in his manifesto that he was getting revenge on police for their continued racism and brutality.
UPDATE: Two deputies were reportedly injured in the incident. They were airlifted to the hospital.
UPDATE: Dorner is reportedly “pinned down” by police. LAPD believe Dorner may have access to television.
UPDATE: One of the two wounded officers involved in the shootout with Chris has died.
[Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET] Former FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes explains to CNN what law enforcement personnel usually mean when they say someone is “pinned down”:
“The term commonly means he’s not running any more, that they’ve got him trapped in a home or some other physical location … . That means he’s contained; that doesn’t mean he’s in custody … but it means he’s not running loose.”