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article image2 officers shot in firefight with fugitive Christopher Dorner

By Brett Wilkins     Feb 12, 2013 in Crime
Big Bear Lake - Multiple news sources are reporting that two San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies have been shot and wounded in a firefight with former Los Angeles Police officer and triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner.
CBS Los Angeles reports that a suspect believed to be Dorner invaded a home in the 1200 block of Club View Road in the Angelus Oaks area of Big Bear around 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday. The suspect allegedly tied up a couple living in the home before stealing their Dodge 4-wheel drive pickup truck and fleeing.
CNN reports that the suspect shot and wounded two San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies who were manning a roadblock that had been set up in response to the call about the home invasion and auto theft. Dorner allegedly approached the deputies and opened fire. The wounded officers have reportedly been airlifted out of the area.
An unnamed high-ranking law enforcement official told CNN that Dorner was "pinned down." Big Bear Lake Mayor Jay Obernolte told CNN that the suspect is pinned down around 8 miles south of the town of Big Bear Lake in an uninhabited area.
Dorner, who has military training, is believed to be heavily armed. According to CBS Los Angeles, he has been shooting at officers throughout the early afternoon hours. Gunshots were heard on Glass Road west of 7 Oaks at around 1:30 p.m. Authorities have reportedly recovered a rifle and possibly a gas can.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are involved in the tightening manhunt.
Dorner has published a manifesto in which he claims to be on a campaign of vigilante justice in retaliation for what he believes was his unfair 2008 termination from the Los Angeles Police Department. He faces capital murder charges for allegedly murdering Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, who was gunned down in an ambush last Thursday.
He is also suspected of killing Monica Quan, the daughter of former LAPD Captain Randal Quan, and her fiancé Keith Lawrence on February 3. Dorner mentioned Capt. Quan in his manifesto as someone who was responsible for his wrongful termination. Dorner allegedly called Quan and mocked him about his daughter's death.
Authorities have pored over more than 1,000 tips received since a $1 million reward was offered on Sunday. The manhunt spread to Mexico, where police raided a hotel in Tijuana on Monday night. No sign of the fugitive was found.
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