BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles police say their department has returned to normal patrol operations, the day after a shootout and fire in the San Bernardino Mountains is believed to have claimed the life of former cop Christopher Dorner.
He's accused in a deadly rampage that took four lives, including the life of a deputy who was killed in the shootout yesterday.
A charred body was found in the basement of the cabin where Dorner apparently made his last stand yesterday. It hasn't been formally identified.
Until that happens, police say some of the dozens of protective details that were set up, to guard against attacks on targets that had been identified by Dorner in a written manifesto, will remain in place.
Police had scoured the area around Big Bear Lake for days, after Dorner's burned-out pickup truck was found there last week -- with a broken axle.
It now appears that Dorner spent most of that time hiding in a vacation cabin across the street from the command post.
The break came yesterday with word that a man matching Dorner's description had tied up two people in a cabin, stolen their car and fled. Dorner was spotted a short time later, leading to a chase and then the shootout.
196-c-12-(Tami Abdollah (ab-DOHL'-uh), AP correspondent)-"in the basement"-AP correspondent Tami Abdollah reports police have found Christopher Dorner's driver's license with a body in the charred rubble of the cabin. (13 Feb 2013)
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177-a-16-(Rick Heltebrake (HEHL'-teh-brayk), owner of truck carjacked by Christopher Dorner, in interview)-"take your dog"-Rick Heltebrake says Christopher Dorner hijacked his truck right before the standoff at the cabin near Big Bear Lake. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (13 Feb 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Andrew Newman, LAPD spokesman, talks to reporters at a news conference, Los Angeles, California, graphic element on gray (12 Feb 2013)
APPHOTO NYSB275: FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows suspect Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, that a charred body inside the ruins of a mountain cabin that went up in flames is believed to be that of Dorner, suspected in four killings. Other agencies say a body has yet to be found. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File) (7 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO CADD114: Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith, left, expresses condolences for the death of a San Bernardino County deputy, as he briefs the media about the shootout scene in Big Bear that allegedly involves triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, during a late news conference in front of the Police Administration Building in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Lt. Bill Whalen, of the Irvine Police Department, middle and LAPD officer Norma Eisenman, right, stand with Smith. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) (12 Feb 2013)
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