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Accused killer Christopher Dorner confirmed dead by police

By Rich Tarpening, Assignment Manager, Rich.Tarpening@kesq.com
Published On: Feb 12 2013 03:25:09 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 15 2013 01:59:00 AM CST
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Big Bear, Calif. -

Late Thursday, San Bernardino Sheriff's Department confirm that charred remains found in cabin in Seven Oaks has been positively identified as that of Christopher Dorner.  During the autopsy, postive ID was made through dental examination.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck have issued a joint statement saying officials from various jurisdictions are considering whether anyone will be eligible to collect the $1 million reward that had been offered in the manhunt for rogue cop Christopher Jordan Dorner.

"Now that the search for Christopher Dorner appears to have concluded, we are addressing the issue of the $1 million reward," the statement reads. "More than 20 jurisdictions and entities are involved in this reward, so all of them will be coming together to collectively determine whether any individual or individuals qualify for it. Our personal hope is that the reward will be distributed, but we must follow the rules and respect for the procedures of each entity."

The six-day manhunt for a fired Los Angeles police officer suspected in the slayings of two people in Irvine and a Riverside police officer came to a head Tuesday near Big Bear, where he allegedly stole a car then shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in a raging gun battle while barricaded in a cabin that later burned to the ground.  Dorner's charred remains were later found inside and removed for investigation. 

That fiery scene culminated a wild day of violence in the normally tranquil mountain community, which has been the focus of the Dorner manhunt since his pickup truck was found burning in the area last Thursday.

But on Tuesday at 12:20 p.m., San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies received a report of a man matching Dorner's description stealing a car from a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive in Big Bear.

During the battle, two San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies were shot. Both were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead, according to Sheriff John McMahon. Bachman said the other deputy was expected to survive. 

Meanwhile, the standoff at the cabin continued, but shortly after 4 p.m., tear gas canisters were fired into the building. By about 4:20 p.m., the cabin was engulfed in flames. Some reports indicated that a single gunshot was heard emanating from the cabin. KCAL9, which had a reporter close to the cabin during the firefight, reported that the sound of exploding ammunition could be heard inside the cabin as the fire raged.

On Feb. 3, Dorner -- also a former Navy lieutenant -- allegedly gunned down the daughter and future son-in-law of an ex-police captain who represented him at a hearing that resulted in his dismissal from the LAPD. The bodies of 28-year-old Cal State Fullerton assistant women's basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance, 27-year-old USC public safety officer Keith Lawrence, were found in Lawrence's car in the parking structure of their Irvine condominium building.

The next day, Dorner, 33, allegedly posted a 6,000-word manifesto on Facebook, vowing to kill named LAPD officers and their families. About 50 Los Angeles police officers and their families were being protected during the manhunt, authorities said.

On Thursday, Dorner was allegedly involved in a shootout with Los Angeles police guarding an officer's home in Corona, leaving one officer with a graze wound to the head, police said. About 20 minutes later, he allegedly fired on a pair of Riverside police officers stopped at a red light, killing Officer Michael Crain, 34, and wounding the other. The wounded officer was expected to recover.  Crain's funeral held Wednesday drew thousands of law enforcement officers from across the state.  Crain, an 11-year department veteran, was a former Marine. He is survived by his wife, Regina, and two children, Ian, 10, and Kaitlyn, 4.