LOS ANGELES - A charred body has been found in rubble of burned cabin in Southern California mountains where a former police officer was believed to have been holed.
TV footage from the scene showed smoke pouring from the cabin.
Police surrounded the cabin in the snow-covered woods of Big Bear, a resort town about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.
Earlier authorities said the fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was barricaded in a cabin in the Southern California mountains.
Someone in the Big Bear Lake area reported a stolen vehicle Tuesday and described the suspect as looking very similar to Christopher Dorner.
The vehicle was found and the person ran into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin.
Authorities say a short time later there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect.
One law enforcement officer was killed and another was injured in the shootout.
Game wardens said they spotted Christopher Dorner in a vehicle on Highway 38 and attempted to pull him over. That was when gunfire was exchanged and Dorner bailed out of the vehicle and ran into the woods.
The noise of the gunbattle was broadcast by KCAL-TV, whose reporter suddenly found himself near the fight. Someone could be heard yelling at the reporter to get out of the area.
The manhunt for Christopher Dorner began last Wednesday when he was named the suspect in the Orange County murders of a former Los Angeles police captain's daughter and her fiance the previous weekend.
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