Officer dies in shoot-out with 'fugitive cop Dorner'

Cabin where Christopher Dorner is suspected to be holed up Smoke was seen rising from the cabin where Dorner is believed to be

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One of the two officers suspected shot by a former Los Angeles policeman holed up in a California mountain cabin has died of his injuries, US officials say.

They say that another officer underwent surgery for his wounds but is expected to survive.

TV pictures showed smoke and flames rising from the cabin in the Big Bear region, as a police Swat team went in.

The gunman is believed to be Christopher Dorner, 33. He was earlier accused of three murders.

He has reportedly sworn revenge on police officers he blamed for his sacking in 2008.

Around 200 law enforcement officers are surrounding the cabin at Seven Oaks, south of Big Bear in the San Bernardino mountains.

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Cindy Bachman of San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department confirmed at a news conference that one of the wounded sheriff's deputies had died in an exchange of fire earlier on Tuesday afternoon.

"He was pronounced dead in hospital," she said.

Analysis

As darkness fell here at Big Bear ski resort, police blocked the icy road leading up over the mountains and to the house where Christopher Dorner appeared to have made his last stand.

The pursuit began at a small holiday cabin near the road block - in the centre of the town where Dorner's truck was found burned out last week and where police have spent days going house to house searching for him.

It's thought he had been hiding out all that time - holding two women captive. A local said they didn't live here but were on holiday.

Dorner stole a car and headed off into the hills, dumping the vehicle and barricading himself into a lodge, exchanging fire with police.

If the forensic teams find his remains in the burnt-out house it will bring to an end one of the biggest police manhunts in Californian history.

She added: "We don't know if he (the suspect) is inside (the cabin). The entire area is surrounded. We have plenty of air support."

Tear gas was reportedly fired into the cabin, which was thought to contain ammunition.

The spokeswoman confirmed that there was gunfire before the cabin was seen on fire. She said she believed there was no further shots fired after that.

The suspect tried to leave the cabin through the back door, but was pushed back inside, unconfirmed reports say.

The authorities are stressing that the suspect has not been positively identified as Christopher Dorner.

Police were alerted after a man matching Mr Dorner's description reportedly broke into a house and tied two people up before making off in a stolen vehicle.

The suspect then abandoned the car, ran into the forest and barricaded himself inside the cabin.

The exchange of gunfire occurred at about 12:45 local time (20:45 GMT).

Christopher Dorner in military uniform in 2008 Mr Dorner also has military experience

The search moved to the area of Big Bear Lake, a ski resort 80 miles (130km) east of Los Angeles, last Thursday after the suspect's burned-out truck was found there.

LA officials have offered a $1m (£630,000) reward for information leading to his arrest.

The authorities earlier said that the former officer with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is suspected of killing three people, including a policeman.

Police have been protecting about 50 families, many belonging to former LAPD colleagues, against whom Mr Dorner has vowed revenge for allegedly ruining his career.

In an online manifesto, Mr Dorner, a former US Navy reservist, suggested that racism was rife in the LAPD.

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