Photos of fired LAPD officer Christopher Dorner are seen at a press conference regarding the full-scale manhunt for Dorner, a dismissed officer believed to have killed three people including another cop. Christopher Jordan Dorner had posted a chilling online warning about 'terminating' the life of a collegue he blamed for his dismissal, and threatening other police and their families. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. - The burned remains found in the ashes of a Southern California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive and former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.
Dorner's dental records were used to make the identification, said spokeswoman Jodi Miller. She did not provide a cause of death.
Authorities and reporters heard a single gunshot late Tuesday afternoon as the 1920s-era cabin in nearby Seven Oaks burned after SWAT officers fired pyrotechnic tear-gas "burners" inside and tore down its walls. Sheriff John McMahon said Wednesday that his deputies "did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out."
Law enforcement officials had cornered the 33-year-old Dorner in the cabin, where he retreated after stealing two vehicles and trading gunfire with state game wardens. He then killed one deputy and wounded another in a firefight that McMahon described as being "like a war zone."