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Fugitive Cop Died Of 'Self-Inflicted' Gunshot
Christopher Dorner, who began a retribution campaign against his Los Angeles police colleagues, died of a single gunshot wound, a coroner has said.
The fugitive officer's charred remains were found in a burned-out California mountain cabin after a "war-zone style" standoff with armed police.
Coroner examiners have yet to determine who fired the fatal shot that killed Dorner, though San Bernardino County Coroner Kevin Lacy said current evidence suggests the 33-year-old committed suicide.
"We are not yet able to speak about the manner of death and tell you whether or not it was the result of a self-inflicted wound or another round," he said at a news conference.
But he added: "The information we have seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner's life was self-inflicted."
The ex-LAPD cop went on the run last week after allegedly killing a couple and a policeman, and wounding three people.
Another police officer was killed and one wounded before the cabin in which Dorner was holed-up went up in flames.
Officials also said at the news conference that they had found a cache of weapons at various sites connected with Dorner.
Dorner had posted online a chilling manifesto in which he threatened to bring "warfare" to LAPD officers and their families, and blamed the LAPD for treating him unfairly in his sacking in 2008.
The six-day manhunt reached a climax on Tuesday when Dorner barricaded himself inside the cabin.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said there was a prolonged firefight with Dorner.
He said when "other means had been exhausted", SWAT officers used a tractor-type device to open up the windows and walls of the cabin, and threw in pyrotechnic tear gas canisters to try to force Dorner to surrender.
A blaze erupted, starting at one corner of the cabin.
Sheriff McMahon said that as the flames took hold, after a period of no firing, there was "a distinct single gunshot coming from inside the house".
The sound of it "indicated to me (that) a different kind of weapon had been fired," he added.