Los Angeles police have confirmed that a charred body has been found in the cabin in a ski resort where fugitive shooter Christopher Dorner was believed to have been holed up in a final standoff with police.
The 33-year-old is accused of killing four people and was thought to have barricaded himself in the cabin in Big Bear Lake after tying up two people, stealing their pick-up truck and driving up into the mountains earlier on Tuesday.
Officers were told to 'torch' the cabin, according to The Times, after frenzied gunfire saw one officer killed and another wounded in the standoff.
The remains of the man named in many US news reports as 'America's most wanted man' could take weeks to identify and officers are cautious about confirming that Dorner has been killed.
However San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said “We have reason to believe that it is him,” reported the Associated Press.
The former policeman went on a shooting rampage after detailing his violent plan on Facebook.
He accused the police force of racism and vowed revenge on those he believed had ended his career.
"The Violence of action will be HIGH," Dorner wrote. "I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty ... You will now live the life of the prey ... I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving."
Dorner has been named as a suspect in the shooting of a police officer on February 7, as well assistant basketball coach Monica Quan, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, a public safety officer at the University of Southern California on February 3.