One policeman killed in gun battle with fugitive ex-L.A. officer

One policeman killed in gun battle with fugitive ex-L.A. officer
# 13 February 2013 03:39 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. One police officer was confirmed dead and another was wounded Tuesday afternoon in an exchange of fire with a fugitive ex-cop who was on a one-million-dollar bounty, APA reports.

Christopher Dorner, 33, was cordoned off in a mountain cabin after exchanging fire with local and federal authorities in San Bernardino county of Southern California.

He was found in the Big Bear area after he burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole their car. A massive manhunt for him entered the sixth day on Tuesday.

Several local schools in the area were closed, according to the county sheriff. Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller told media that, "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."

Dorner was fired by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 2009 after a police disciplinary board found him guilty of making false statement against his training officer, whom he accused of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in 2007.

LAPD announced Sunday a one-million-dollar rewards for information leading to the capture of Dorner who is suspected of killing a couple in Irvine and a Riverside police officer and injured two others in a revenge rampage against the police last week.

A statement on what is believed to be Dorner's Facebook page criticized racism in LAPD.

In the past days, police searched from Riverside to Corona to Big Bear to Point Loma in San Diego, a large area in Southern California. They found Dorner's abandoned car last Thursday in flames in Big Bear area.

The LAPD said Sunday that it will reopen investigation into the firing of Dorner in a bid to put the public thinking to rest.

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