Fugitive ex-LA cop believed dead after gun battle, fire

February 14, 2013 - 2:40:55 am

ANGELUS OAKS: A fugitive ex-cop accused of a grudge-fueled killing spree targeting police officers and their families is believed to have died in a mountain cabin that burned down in the climax to a massive week-long manhunt across Southern California, authorities said yesterday.

Police were awaiting forensic analysis to confirm that charred human remains found in the smoldering ruins of the cabin were those of the 33-year-old fugitive, Christopher Dorner. 

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Andy Neiman said special security details assigned to about a dozen officers and their families threatened by Dorner would remain in place for the time being. Dorner is suspected of killing four people in all, including a deputy sheriff who was shot on Tuesday.