2 Maids Triggered the End for Dorner

Pair found fugitive in cabin they were cleaning yesterday morning
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2013 7:19 AM CST
Updated Feb 13, 2013 7:48 AM CST
2 Maids Triggered the End for Dorner
In this image taken from video provided by KABC-TV, the cabin in Big Bear, Calif. where ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to be barricaded inside is in flames Feb. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/KABC-TV)

Details on how police found Christopher Dorner are becoming clearer, after charred remains believed to be those of the fugitive ex-cop were found in a Big Bear cabin last night:

  • The beginning of the end for Dorner started yesterday morning, when two maids arrived to clean a vacant cabin and found Dorner inside. He tied them up, then stole a car from the cabin and fled, the Los Angeles TImes reports. (Dorner was initially reported to have tied up a couple.) One of the maids escaped and called police at 12:20pm.
  • Less than half an hour later, Fish and Wildlife officers spotted Dorner driving a purple Nissan. Recognizing him, they started following. In trying to evade them, Dorner crashed the car and left it.
  • He then stopped a local man and took his truck, after allowing him and his dog to exit.

  • Dorner once again drove by Fish and Wildlife officials, and was once again recognized. That's when he started shooting, hitting the Fish and Wildlife truck as he passed within two feet of it. The game warden inside, a former Marine, shot back as Dorner drove off. Once again, he crashed his vehicle and fled into the woods.
  • Dorner ended up in the cabin where the standoff took place, starting with a firefight that killed one sheriff's deputy and injured another.
  • After breaking windows, firing tear gas, and asking Dorner to surrender, authorities started ripping down the cabin's walls. When they reached the last wall, they heard one gunshot, and then a fire started spreading. More gunshots were heard, presumably set off by the flames.
The incident was a rare one for Fish and Wildlife wardens, who are typically involved in just one shooting per year, the Times notes. An odd detail from CBS: The cabin Dorner ended up in was right across from the command post from which the manhunt had been centered. (More Christopher Dorner stories.)

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