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Body in mountain cabin 'was Dorner'

Christopher Dorner in military uniform in 2008Christopher Dorner also had military experience

The charred body found in a mountain cabin after a police gun fight has been identified as a former policeman accused of murder, officials say.

Dental records showed the body was Christopher Dorner.

Police say Dorner killed three people last week in revenge for being fired from the Los Angeles police in 2008

As police closed in on Tuesday, he shot and killed an officer and wounded another before the cabin in which was barricaded caught fire, officials said.

The San Bernardino County coroner did not provide a cause of death.

Mountain gunfight

Police launched a massive manhunt last week, which ended on Tuesday afternoon when they received word that a man matching Dorner’s description had stolen a vehicle in the area of Big Bear Lake, a ski resort 80 miles (130km) east of Los Angeles.

Officers pursued the suspect, who took refuge in the cabin on a snowy, wooded mountain, and a gun battle ensued as police closed in.

A police detective was killed in the exchange, and a San Bernardino sheriff’s deputy was wounded.

During the gun battle police shot tear gas canisters into the cabin in an effort to drive Dorner out.

Shortly afterwards, police reported hearing a single gunshot as fire began to spread through the cabin.

Dorner, a 33-year-old former Navy reservist, is alleged to have started his killing spree on 3 February when he shot dead the daughter of a former police captain and her fiance.

The woman’s father, Randal Quan, had represented Dorner at a police disciplinary board before he was fired in 2008.

He was kicked off the force for making false statements, after lodging a complaint against his field training officer, saying she had kicked a suspect during an arrest.

Police say that on 7 February Dorner shot and killed a police officer in Riverside, California.

During the manhunt, authorities guarded about 50 families, several of them belonging to former police department colleagues against whom Dorner had apparently vowed revenge for ruining his career.

In an online manifesto, Dorner, who was black, suggested that racism was still rife in the Los Angeles Police Department.

It was an unwelcome allegation for a department that overhauled itself after the notorious police beating in 1991 of a black man, Rodney King.

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Irvine

Monica Quan

Sunday 3 Feb: Monica Quan (pictured), 28, and Keith Lawrence, 27, were found shot dead in Irvine. Ms Quan, was the daughter of a former Los Angeles police captain who had represented Mr Dorner in disciplinary hearings that resulted in his dismissal in 2008.

San Diego

Christopher Dorner

Wednesday 6 Feb: At around 22:30, a man matching the description of Mr Dorner (pictured) tried to steal a 47-foot boat from a San Diego marina, but the engine wouldn’t start. An 81-year-old man on the boat was tied up but unhurt.

Corona

Bullet-ridden police car

Thursday 7 Feb: At 01:30, two LAPD officers assigned to protect a person named in Mr Dorner’s “manifesto” chased a vehicle they believed was Mr Dorner’s in Corona. One officer was injured during a shootout, and the gunman fled.

Riverside

Scene where police car had been shot

Thursday 7 Feb: Shortly after the shootout in Corona, a gunman believed to be Mr Dorner ambushed two Riverside police officers who had stopped at a red light. One officer was killed and the other critically injured.

Torrance

Bullet-ridden vehicle

Thursday 7 Feb: At 05:15, LAPD officers guarding a target in Torrance identified in Mr Dorner’s “manifesto” opened fire on a truck they mistakenly believed to be Mr Dorner’s. Two women were wounded. Shortly afterwards, Torrance police shot at a second truck they mistook for Mr Dorner’s. Nobody was hurt.

Shooting at Big Bear Lake

Burnt out vehicle

Wednesday 13 Feb: The charred remains of a body, believed to be that of Christopher Dorner, are found in a burnt-out cabin at Big Bear Lake ski resort, after a shoot-out. One officer was killed and another injured. The search moved to the area after a truck belonging to the suspect was found there.

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