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Police say Christopher Dorner cause of death single gunshot wound to head

By Rich Tarpening, Assignment Manager, Rich.Tarpening@kesq.com
Published On: Feb 15 2013 06:19:53 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 16 2013 05:08:23 PM CST
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2007-2011: Dorner returns to the LAPD from Iraq. He claims he was wrongly relieved of his duties in 2008 after reporting another officer for using excessive force. He takes his case to court, but loses his appeal in October 2011.

San Bernardino, Calif -

Authorities say fugitive former cop Christopher Dorner died of a single gunshot wound to the head as authorities were pumping tear gas into a mountain cabin during a deadly gun battle with sheriff's deputies.
    
San Bernardino County sheriff's Capt. Sheriff John McMahon told reporters Friday that it appears the wound was self-inflicted.  Deputies said they heard one final gunshot from the cabin as it was going up in flames during Tuesday's gunbattle.
    
Before he died, Dorner killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another during a fierce shootout.  Authorities initially were unsure whether Dorner killed himself, had been struck by a deputy's bullet or had died in a fire that engulfed the cabin during the shootout.