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Christopher Dorner Dead? Conflicting Reports Over Whether Former Policeman Killed In Cabin Standoff

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After a state-wide manhunt for a former policeman who went on shooting rampage in California, there are now conflicting reports over whether his body has been found in the rubble of a burnt-out cabin outside Los Angleles.

Christopher Dorner, who is accused of killing three people, was thought to have barricaded himself in the cabin in the ski-resort of Big Bear Lake after tying up two people, stealing their pick-up truck and driving up into the mountains earlier on Tuesday, according to local news reports.

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Christopher Dorner, a former police officer, went on a shooting rampage

Reports suggested rounds of gunfire were fired between Dorner and authorities, with two officers wounded in the exchange. However police are yet to confirm whether the ex-policeman was in fact killed in the stand-off.

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The cabin was burnt to rubble

Flames were seen engulfing the cabin from the air, but according to LAPD the building is still too hot to enter.

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.

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The following CCTV was released of Dorner following the shootings

Prior to the shootings, Dorner had wrote an online manifesto on his Facebook page detailing his violent plan.

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."

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Scores of officers had been looking for Dorner

As many as fifty families had been under 24-hour protection after dozens were named as potential targets.

Monica Quan's father, Randall Quan, was the lawyer who had represented Dorner when he lost his job with the Los Angeles Police Department LAPD in 2009.

The 33-year-old was accused of fabricating evidence that his training officer had kicked a suspect with schizophrenia during an arrest.

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The Associated Press has created a timeline of key events in the ongoing manhunt for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing at least three people. Note: All times approximate:

Sunday, Feb. 3: An assistant women's college basketball coach and her fiance are found shot to death in their car in Irvine, Calif. Police learn later the woman was the daughter of a retired Los Angeles police captain who represented Dorner in disciplinary hearings that resulted in his dismissal from the force.

Monday, Feb. 4: Some of Dorner's belongings, including police equipment, are found in a trash bin in suburban San Diego, linking him to Irvine killings.

Wednesday, Feb. 6: Police announce finding Dorner's manifesto online.

10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6: A man matching Dorner's description makes a failed attempt to steal a boat from a San Diego marina. An 81-year-old man on the vessel is tied up but otherwise unharmed.

1:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: LAPD officers, protecting a person named in the manifesto, chase a vehicle they believe is Dorner's. One officer is grazed in the forehead by a bullet during a shootout, and the gunman flees.

A short time later, a shooter believed to be Dorner ambushes two Riverside police officers during a routine patrol. One officer is killed, and the other critically injured.

2:20 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: A shuttle bus driver turns in a wallet with an LAPD badge and a picture ID of Dorner to San Diego police. The wallet was found fewer than five miles from the boat, near San Diego International Airport.

5 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: LAPD officers guarding a manifesto target in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance open fire on a truck they mistakenly believe to be Dorner's. A mother and daughter delivering the newspaper are injured.

A short time later, Torrance police are involved in a second shooting involving a different truck they also mistake for Dorner's. Nobody is hurt.

8:35 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: Police find a burned-out pickup truck near the Big Bear ski area in the San Bernardino Mountains. Six hours later, authorities identify it as Dorner's.

9:40 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego is locked down after a Navy worker reports seeing someone who resembles Dorner. Military officials later said Dorner had indeed checked into a hotel on base earlier in the week – on Tuesday – but had left on Wednesday.

4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: Authorities search a Las Vegas-area home belonging to Dorner and leave with several boxes of items. They say no weapons were found but decline to disclose what was discovered.

Friday, Feb. 8: Dozens of searchers hunt for Dorner in the freezing, snowy San Bernardino Mountains after losing his footprints near the site where the truck was found. Authorities search Dorner's mother's house in La Palma and collect 10 bags of evidence and also take five electronic items for examination. Police also search a storage locker in Buena Park.

Saturday, Feb. 9: Helicopters equipped with heat-seeking technology resume search for Dorner in the mountains near Big Bear. Authorities reveal that weapons and camping gear were found in Dorner's burned truck.

Sunday, Feb. 10: Authorities announce million reward for information leading to Dorner's arrest.

Monday, Feb. 11: Riverside County prosecutors charge Dorner with murdering a police officer and the attempted murder of three other officers in a potential death penalty case. Authorities receive more than 700 tips since the reward was announced.

12:20 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: Police are summoned after a man resembling Dorner steals a purple Nissan in the San Bernardino Mountains. The vehicle is quickly spotted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens on Highway 38. After briefly losing the suspect, the wardens see a white pickup truck driving toward them erratically and at a high rate of speed. Wardens say Dorner rolled down his window and opened fire as he drove past them in the opposite directions.

One of the wardens was able to get out and fire at the driver, who escaped on foot after crashing his truck.

12:40 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: State Fish and Wildlife wardens are involved in a shootout with the suspect. Two San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies are wounded in a second exchange of gunfire and are transported to Loma Linda Medical Center.

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: Police surround the cabin where the suspect is holed up and gunfire erupts before a blaze engulfs the structure and law enforcement officers wait for the fire to burn out.

4:50 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: A San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman confirms one of the two wounded deputies has died, and the other is in surgery and expected to survive.

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: A law enforcement officials tells the AP a charred body has been found in the rubble of the burned cabin. They don't confirm the identity, although authorities earlier said they believed the man in the cabin was Dorner.

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A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who was shot during a mountainside firefight with a gunman suspected to be Christopher Dorner is expected to survive. However, according to The Los Angeles Times blog L.A. Now, the deputy will need several surgeries.

Another deputy involved in the firefight was mortally wounded.

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Multiple news outlets found themselves with apparent egg on their face after their reports that alleged California killer Christopher Dorner was dead were refuted by the Los Angeles Police Department.

As President Obama was giving his State of the Union address, CBS News tweeted that a body believed to be that of Dorner had been found in a burned-out cabin. CNN soon followed. So did ABC and NBC News. So did local Los Angeles stations. All cited either the LAPD or, in NBC's case, the LA mayor's office.

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Cindy Bachman, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokesperson, tells reporters that "they have not confirmed anything."

"I can't tell you at this time when they might be able to enter the cabin," she added.

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@ cnnbrk : LAPD: No body found yet in cabin that burned in #Dorner hunt, contradicting earlier reports. Cabin too hot to search. http://t.co/5vR1T3Mg

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@ mathewi : CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN and the Associated Press have all reported Dorner's body found in cabin -- LAPD says no body has been found

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@ ABC7 : LAPD Commander A. Smith says no body has been found or identified as #Dorner. Earlier reports are false & cabin hasn't been entered.

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Los Angeles Police Department told reporters that no body has been identified in the cabin in which Chris Dorner was believed to have been hiding, following a shootout and fire.

"No body has been located yet," Commander Andrew Smith said, telling reporters that the building was still too hot for investigators to enter.

"That burned cabin has not even been entered by investigators yet," Smith said. "We are still on a holding pattern to search that."

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President Obama's State of the Union address competed with the reported death of alleged killer Christopher Dorner on Tuesday night.

In the runup to the speech, cable news networks either showed a split-screen between the Capitol Building and the hills of California, or focused entirely on the Dorner story. At 9 PM, they all switched to the State of the Union, while acknowledging that Dorner would probably be on just as many people's minds as Obama.

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@ NBCLA : .@NBCNews reports that source inside LA mayor's office confirms that body inside burned Big Bear cabin is Dorner. http://t.co/x06xIUjw

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@ cnnbrk : Sources: LAPD says body pulled from burning cabin in Big Bear, CA, is ex-cop murder suspect Christopher #Dorner. http://t.co/5vR1T3Mg

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@ latimes : Source: The body found as officers sifted through rubble of cabin where #Dorner was thought to be holed up hasn't been positively identified

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@ ABC : #BreakingNews: Body believed to be #Dorner removed from cabin at Big Bear http://t.co/MLxBMSXn

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@ JimmyOrr : BREAKING: .@latimes reporter @anblanx : "Police have found a body."

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@ CBSNews : BREAKING: A body believed to be that of fired LAPD officer Dorner recovered in burned-out cabin where police & gunman shot it out earlier.

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@ Sarah_Boxer : MSNBC still on #manhunt RT @DylanByers: CNN cutting to SOTU; HLN will take Dorner

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@ AP : BREAKING: AP Source: Suspect never emerged from burning California cabin: http://t.co/o7N67gsU -AB

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@ latimes : Wildlife officer involved in shootout with #Dorner earlier today wasn't injured but vehicle riddled w/ bullet holes: http://t.co/nuDV8gmw

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@ LAMayorsOffice : "#LAPD Chief Beck & I are monitoring the situation" AV (2/2) #Dorner

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James Usera, a former classmate of Dorner, told CNN: "It's not much of a resolution, but hopefully there will be no more violence… It's confusing and I just wish there's something in hindsight that I could have done."

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@ jimacostacnn : RT @cnnbrk: Sheriff's department: Gunfire exchanged at cabin before flames erupted. #Dorner http://t.co/9JY3pDgD

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@ JimmyOrr : "We have every reason to believe that it is him." Cindy Bachman, SB Sheriff's Dept on if #Dorner is in cabin

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As soon as the fire started, officials heard a single gunshot come from inside the cabin, according to CBS local reporter Carter Evans. No screaming, yelling, or other human sounds could be heard coming from the cabin.

Emphasizing that "we normally don't report on speculation," Evans said that authorities are considering the possibility that the sound they heard may have been a self-inflicted gunshot.

As the flames began to engulf the cabin, Evans reported that ammunition could be heard exploding inside the building.

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Cindy Bachman, San Bernardino County Sheriff spokesperson: "It is my understanding that since the fire began at the cabin there has been no other gunfire"

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Cindy Bachman, San Bernardino County Sheriff spokesperson, told reporters in an impromptu press conference that "[police] have reason to believe that it is him," and that the entire area is surrounded.

She added that the second deputy wounded in the gunfire is in surgery and is expected to survive.

"We are planning on a long night," she said.

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@ joelrubin : Deputy who died from injuries never made it to hospital, sources say #Dorner

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@ AP : BREAKING: KCAL-TV reporter: Cabin where ex-LA cop is believed to be holed up on fire, smoke pouring out.

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