California: The manhunt for fugitive former Los Angeles Police Department’s cop Christopher Dorner ended after a charred body was found Wednesday inside a cabin where he was believed to have been holed up.
Although the body hasn’t been identified yet, authorities believe it to be Christopher Dorner, the renegade LAPD cop accused of three murders.
A wallet containing Dorner’s licence has been recovered from the burnt cabin, said a police official to a news agency.
The manhunt that continued for a week, ended with the police chasing Dorner to a cabin where a shopotout followed. Two deputies were shot in the shooting, out of which succumbed to the bullet and other had a narrow shave and had a surgery in the hospital.
The shootout was followed by a blaze, the cause of which remains unclear yet.
The charred body found from within the cabin remains to be identified yet, but authorities believe to be the fugitive cop, who had threatened warfare against the police department in revenge for firing him in 2008.
Police said Dorner began his run on Feb. 6 after they connected the slayings of a former police captain's daughter and her fiance with his angry manifesto.
Dorner blamed LAPD Capt. Randal Quan for providing poor representation before the police disciplinary board that fired him for filing a false report.
Dorner, who is black, claimed in his online rant that he was the subject of racism by the department and was targeted for doing the right thing.
Chief Charlie Beck, who initially dismissed Dorner's allegations, said he would reopen the investigation into his firing - not to appease the ex-officer, but to restore confidence in the black community, which had a long fractured relationship with police that has improved in recent years.
Dorner vowed to get even with those who had wronged him as part of his plan to reclaim his good name.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 09:16