UPDATED: Standoff at Big Bear cabin still leaves questions about Dorner manhunt

Man Hunt On For Former LAPD Officer Suspected Of Shooting Police Officer
Former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner

Update 8:15 p.m.: LAPD Commander Andrew Smith led a news conference in front of the Police Administration Building, and dismissed media reports that a body has been recovered from the burned-out home. “I just got off the phone with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. That cabin is still too hot for anybody to make entry. There has been no body located inside of that cabin. That cabin has not been searched, because the fire is still too hot, as of five minutes ago, for anybody to go into there. Any reports of a body being found are not true. No body has been found in there.”

Update 6:55 p.m.: It’s now being reported by the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets that a body has been recovered from the cabin, but it has not been confirmed that it’s the body of Christopher Dorner.

Update 6:45 p.m.:  The man believed to be fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner never came out of a California mountain cabin. One law enforcement official said a single shot was heard inside before the cabin was engulfed in flames. Officials were waiting for the fire to burn out before approaching the ruins to search for a body. “We have reason to believe that it is him,” San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said.

Update 4:45 p.m.: KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis spoke to LA Times reporter Andrew Blankstein and Judi Bowers, editor of the Big Bear Grizzly, about the latest news from the standoff in Big Bear.

Meanwhile, the cabin where Dorner holed up is reportedly in flames.

Update 4:00 p.m.:  The Los Angeles Times now reports that one San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in the firefight with Christopher Dorner earlier today. A second was injured. Dorner remains barricaded in a cabin near Big Bear.

Update 3:05 p.m.: “We hope we can take this guy into custody and we hope that he doesn’t hurt anyone else,” an LAPD spokesperson said during a press conference. LAPD has sent resources to San Bernadino and will support the San Bernadino Sheriff’s Department if asked.

Update 2:10 p.m.:  CBS2 is reporting that Christopher Dorner is cornered in a cabin in Angelus Oaks, about 20 miles away from Big Bear. Their livestream is here. And The Los Angeles Times has an in depth account of the manhunt up to this point here.

A person believed to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner is currently exchanging gunfire with authorities in the San Bernardino Mountains. CBS2 is showing footage that appears to be a heavily-armed Dorner shooting at police in Angelus Oaks.  CBS is reporting that two deputies have been hit by gunfire.

A law enforcement officer who requested anonymity told The Associated Press it’s believed Christopher Dorner committed a residential burglary of a cabin and had a couple tied up in the cabin. One was able to get away and make a call.

Authorities responded to the location and chased Dorner as he escaped in a stolen car. Gunfire was exchanged.

The area is in the Big Bear region where a search for Dorner has been under way since his pickup truck was found there Thursday.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said a stolen vehicle report from a residence was received at 12:20 p.m. “The reporting party identified the suspect as looking like Christopher Dorner but that has not been confirmed,” Miller said.

GLAPhoto: Police exchange gunfire with fugitive Christopher Dorner in the Barton Flats area of Hwy38 near Jenks Lake.#dorner