Authorities Trade Fire With Man Believed To Be California Fugitive

Published On : 2/12/2013 3:53 PM
By : EYDER PERALTA
From : NPR
Categories : State, Local
This photo, released by the Irvine Calif. police department shows suspect Christopher Dorner on surveillance video at an Orange County, Calif., hotel on Feb. 8. 2013.

Authorities in the Big Bear area have traded fire with a man who looks a lot like Christopher Dorner, the California fugitive who police accuse of killing three people, the San Bernardino Sheriff's office said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"The shooting occurred after Dorner burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole their car, the source said.

This photo, released by the Irvine Calif. police department shows suspect Christopher Dorner on surveillance video at an Orange County, Calif., hotel on Feb. 8. 2013.

AP/Irvine, Calif. Police Dept.

"It was not immediately clear whether Dorner was in custody."
CBS Los Angeles has live coverage of a gun fight the station reports is between authorities and Dorner.

Since Dorner allegedly shot the two people last week, LAPD launched a massive, multi-state manhunt.

The San Bernardino Sheriff's office said police responded to reports of a stolen vehicle, which was later found on Highway 38. The suspect, the sheriff's department said, fled on foot and barricaded himself inside a cabin.

This is a breaking news story. We'll update as we get more.

Update at 6:09 p.m. ET. 'Enough Is Enough':

Commander Andrew Smith, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, says that what Dorner needs to do now is turn himself in.

"Enough is enough," Smith said a televised news conference minutes ago. "It's time to turn yourself in."

Smith repeated the information released by the San Bernardino Sheriff's office, but he added that two officers were shot during an exchange of fire with the suspect.

Smith also cautioned that while it's likely that this suspect is Dorner, "we can't confirms it's him ... until he's in handcuffs."

Update at 5:27 p.m. ET. A No-Fly Zone:

ABC News has a bit more detail on today's narrative:

"The suspect is believed to have broken into a home nearby and briefly taken two women hostage before stealing a car. Officials say the suspect crashed the vehicle and fled on foot before barricading himself in a cabin.
"The two women were evaluated by paramedics and were determined to be uninjured."
The FAA has also placed the area surrounding the cabin under a no-fly zone.

Update at 5:36 p.m. ET. Stolen Vehicle Leads To Search:

The San Bernardino Sheriff's office sent this report:

"On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:22 p.m, deputies working the Big Bear area search for Christopher Dorner responded to the 1200 block of Club View Dr. for a reported stolen vehicle. The reporting party said the suspect took their vehicle and described the suspect as looking very similar to Dorner. Deputies immediately began a search on the ground and from the air for the vehicle.
"The vehicle was located at Hwy. 38 and Glass Rd. The suspect fled into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin. A short time later there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect. Sheriff's SWAT is onscene.
"Two law enforcement officers are being airlifted to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
"Updates will be sent as new information becomes available."


Update at 5:15 p.m. ET. Barricaded In Cabin?:

The Associated Press and NBC News are reporting that a suspect thought to be Dorner is "barricaded in a cabin."

The AP quotes authorities and NBC News is quoting the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.

Southern California Public Radio reports that "two deputies were shot in two separate gun battles."

Update at 4:49 p.m. ET. Dorner Tried To Flee To Mexico:

As we watch, this story, it's worth noting Korva's post from earlier in which she details an affidavit where police say they suspect Dorner was trying to flee to Mexico.

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