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After an extensive and tense search, authorities believe they found fugitive ex-policeman Christopher Dorner in the Southern California mountains, where a gun battle broke out Tuesday.
“As we understand, he’s pinned down,” Jay Obernolte, the mayor of Big Bear Lake, tells CNN, adding that Dorner “no longer poses a threat to the residents.”
Dorner, wanted for allegedly going on a rage-filled vendetta that left three people dead and another wounded, was in a shootout in a cabin about 10 miles from the resort town, according to reports.
Two officers have been wounded, a Los Angeles Police Department official tells PEOPLE. Their conditions were not known. It also wasn’t immediately known if Dorner had been apprehended or was even alive.
Authorities say Dorner’s alleged wave of violence was retribution for having been fired from the LAPD in 2008 after making false statements. Dorner said he would stop the killing when the LAPD publicly proclaimed his innocence and restored his reputation.
Last week, Dorner allegedly fatally shot Monica Quan, 27, and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence in Irvine, Calif., in a vehicle at a parking structure. Quan was the daughter of a former LAPD officer who Dorner claims bungled his termination appeal.
After failing to steal a boat in San Diego, Dorner allegedly attacked more victims – this time, police officers. He allegedly shot at LAPD officers protecting one of his targets, grazing one officer in the head. Dorner was able to escape after shooting up the officers’ car.
Thirty minutes later, he allegedly ambushed two officers at an intersection in Riverside, Calif., killing one of them and sending the other to the hospital.
Police then found Dorner’s burned-out pickup truck and tracks leading away from the vehicle off a wooded road near Big Bear.
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