This concludes the open thread on the Christopher Dorner saga.
Feb 13, 2013 9:30am PT: KTLA TV Los Angeles reports crowds have begun to form at Grace Community Church in Riverside, CA for the 10:30am funeral of Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, believed killed by Christopher Dorner. The 34 year old officer and father of two young children, ages 10 and 4, was an 11 year veteran of the Riverside PD. Officer Crain is also a military veteran who served two tours in Kuwait. Officer Crain's wife, Regina, is expected to speak at today's church service.
Thousands are expected to attend. The church can accomodate 4,000 in its chapel so an outside overflow area with big screen TVs has been constructed to accommodate mourners from law enforcement, the military, numerous dignitaries (including LAPD Chief Charlie Beck), and members of the general community.
LAPD reports that although the body recovered from the burned out cabin in Big Bear is presumed to be that of alleged murderer Christopher Dorner, 24 hour protection is still being provided for a dozen LAPD families of targeted victims identified in the rambling manifesto published on Dorner's Facebook page.
Feb 12, 2013 11:35pm PT: Police are now reporting that authorities have entered the burned-out Big Bear cabin and located the charred remains of a human body, however, the body has not as yet been identified.
Feb 12, 2013 9:30pm PT: Tuesday morning, Feb 13, Riverside police officer, Michael Crain, the first officer suspected of being murdered by Christopher Dorner, will be laid to rest in a funeral with an anticipated attendance of 8,000 fellow law enforcement members. California Governor Jerry Brown is also expected to attend.
Earlier this week, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a one million dollar reward for anyone with information leading to Dorner's whereabouts. It appears at this time the one million dollar reward may go to a mother and daughter cleaning team who were tied up and held captive by Dorner in a Big Bear cabin until one of the women escaped to a phone and reported her vehicle taken by a man fitting Dorner's description.
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KNBC reporter Chuck Henry reports that it appears suspect Dorner had been held up in a cabin very close to where his truck had been abandoned and set ablaze. Days before, Henry had visited that same enclave of cabins to question residents who reported to him that no police had come to question them about Dorner.
According to Henry, it appears Dorner had been hiding in plain sight the entire time after abandoning his truck in an area only an eight of a mile from where Riverside Police had been holding their press updates on the Dorner case.
Feb 12, 2013 8:08pm PT: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) spokesperson, Andrew Smith, now states that earlier reports of a charred body removed from the burning Big Bear cabin are premature. According to Commander Smith, the cabin is still too hot to enter and no body has been removed. LAPD remains on tactical alert until such time as a body is absolutely identified.
There have been many conflicting reports on a body being recovered but Commander's Smith's statement, as of now, is the official statement of record.
Feb 12, 2013 7:00pm PT: A body believed to be that of accused murderer Christopher Dorner has been pulled out of the burning cabin in Big Bear.
Feb 12, 2013 5:55pm PT: The fire department has now arrived on scene and the area has been secured.
Feb 12, 2013 5:35pm PT: The mountain rental cabin presumed to house suspect Christopher Dorner remains on fire. Law enforcement is keeping watch as the cabin burns. Dorner shot two officers (killing one) earlier today when the stolen car he was driving in Big Bear, CA, was encountered by San Bernardino Sheriff Deputies. Dorner shot at the Deputies then took off into the forest. Law enforcement continues to arrive in Big Bear as darkness falls. The fire department is now being called to the area.
An emotional Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villagairosa offered condolences in English and Spanish to the families of the two Deputies attacked today.
A single gun shot is reported to have been heard coming from the cabin that is now on fire right after presumed suspect Dorner was seen running inside.
Feb 12, 2013 4:50pm PT: The Big Bear cabin housing the suspect presumed to be accused murderer Christopher Dorner is currently on fire with suspect Dorner inside.
Feb 12, 2013 4:22pm PT: In a press conference outside Loma Linda Medical Center, San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon reports both deputies shot are San Bernardino Deputy Sheriffs. One Sheriff is currently in surgery and expected to be fine. The second Sheriff has died of his injuries. The shooter, matching the description of Christopher Dorner, crashed the stolen car he was driving and took off into the forest. San Bernardino County Sheriffs are still investigating the details of the shootings. Family members of the Sheriffs have been notified.
Feb 12, 2013 4:00pm PT: KNBC TV Los Angeles reports accused murderer Christopher Dorner is currently in a standoff with several law enforcement organizations in Big Bear, California. At this point, two deputies have been shot, with one of the deputies reported to have died of multiple injuries at Loma Linda Medical Center in San Bernardino, CA.
Details on the standoff are fluid and subject to change.
Linda Milazzo was a Managing Editor of Opednews until Fall 2014, and a Los Angeles based writer, educator and activist. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development (more...)