Sheriff: Ex-cop Dorner died from gunshot to head

5:57 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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SAN BERNARDINO, CA (AP) - 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.

McMahon also said Dorner was holed up in condo across the street from their command post during an exhaustive manhunt. He said Dorner hid in the condo after entering through an unlocked door. Dorner hid inside and never answered the door when deputies came knocking.

The search for Dorner began last week after authorities said he had launched a deadly revenge campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.

Dorner is suspected of killing a couple in Irvine, a police officer in Riverside and a sheriff's deputy in San Bernardino. He died this week after an intensive manhunt led authorities to the San Bernardino Mountains.

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.

The Associated Press

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