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Fugitive Ex-L.A. Cop Dead from Single Shot? (Video) Christopher Dorner Remains to be Identified

By Staff
Feb 12, 2013
Christopher Dorner Likely Dead (watch video below).

Did fugitive ex-L.A. cop Christopher Dorner die from a single bullet?

The former Los Angeles police officer, who killed a sheriff's deputy earlier in the day in a shootout, is believed to be dead.

Police believe the disgruntled ex-LAPD officer barricaded himself in a cabin in Big Bear, California following the deadly shootout with officers earlier Tuesday that killed one officer and wounded another.

Is he dead or alive?

Likely dead.

A single gunshot was heard from inside the cabin just before the fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. and police believe he may have shot and killed himself then.

However - it was not safe to approach the burning cabin as flames then began spreading, followed by gunshots -- apparently ammunition ignited by the fire.

According to USA Today, before the fire, SWAT officers had been firing tear gas inside the cabin as part of a "tactical operation."

No gunfire has been heard since the initial ammo blast when the structure went up in flames.

Update…the L.A. Times gave this account on how the final moments unfolded:

According to a law enforcement source, police had broken down windows, pumped in tear gas and blasted a loud speaker urging Dorner to surrender. When they got no response, police deployed a vehicle to rip down the walls of the cabin "one by one, like peeling an onion," a law enforcement official said.

By the time they got to the last wall, authorities heard a single gunshot, the source said. Then flames began to spread through the structure, and gunshots, probably set off by the fire, were heard.

Watch a live video below for updates.

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