The cabin quadruple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner is believed to be holed up in is now fully engulfed in flames, according to KCAL9′s Carter Evans, who also reported that a shot was heard before the fire broke out.
LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith Tuesday urged Dorner to turn himself in as a gun battle and barricade situation raged on in San Bernardino County.
“Enough is enough. It’s time to turn yourself in. End the bloodshed,” Smith said, adding that Dorner, who allegedly shot and killed his fourth victim – a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy – Tuesday afternoon, is holed up in a Seven Oaks cabin.
Dormer is also accused of shooting a second deputy, who was undergoing surgery after being airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Smith, who says Dorner likely has access to television and other media outlets, requested that media helicopters pull out of the area.
The San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office also asked that reporters in the area to refrain from tweeting about the ongoing situation.
Dorner reportedly broke into a couple’s home and tied them up – possibly days ago – before stealing their vehicle and fleeing the scene Tuesday afternoon.
He was spotted by authorities around 1:30 p.m. and repeated gunshots were exchanged on Glass Road. KCAL9′s Carter Evans, who was reporting nearby, is safe despite loud gunfire that could be heard during his live report.
Dorner then fled into a forested area and barricaded himself in a cabin. A SWAT team was also called in to set up a perimeter around the area.
The earlier incident at a home in the 1200 block of Club View Road, which is located near Highway 38 and Glass Road, was reported at 12:22 p.m. One of the victims was able to escape and alert authorities, who later recovered a rifle and possibly a can of gas.
“The reporting party said the suspect took their vehicle and described the suspect as looking very similar to Dorner,” a Sheriff’s Public Affairs spokesperson said in a statement.
Dorner was then spotted driving a 2008 four-door, white Dodge 4X4 truck, which is registered to nearby Camp Tahquitz.
Highway 38, as well as all roads in and out of Big Bear, have been shut down.
Bear Valley Unified School District confirms all four of its schools – Big Bear High School, Chautauqua High School, Baldwin Lane Elementary School and Fallsvale Elementary School – have been locked down and an evacuation center has been set up.
Authorities had recently reduced the number of law enforcement officers patrolling the Big Bear area from several hundred to just 30.
Dorner, 33, is accused in the revenge killings of 28-year-old Monica Quan and her 27-year-old fiancé, Keith Lawrence, in Irvine on Feb. 3.
He was employed as a Los Angeles police officer from 2005 to 2008, when he was fired for making false allegations against a fellow officer. Quan’s father, a former LAPD Captain, represented Dorner in the hearing that ultimately lead to his dismissal from the force. Dorner was named as a suspect in the deaths of Quan and Lawrence on Feb. 6.
He’s also wanted in the ambush murder of Riverside police officer Michael Crain, who was shot to death in his patrol car on Feb. 7. Crain’s partner was also critically injured.
Dorner’s burned out truck was found near Bear Mountain later that day.
Source: CBS LOS ANGELES