A Southern California sheriff is denying claims that deputies deliberately set the fire that burned down a cabin in which suspected spree killer and ex-cop Chris Dorner was holed up inside. Despite those denials, several journalists overheard police radio transmission with the orders to burn down the cabin.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon says his deputies used tear gas canisters. However, journalists were recording the scanner traffic and several key transmissions may come back to haunt the authorities, especially one deputy heard shouting “Burn that f*****g house down!” and another heard exclaiming, “F*****g burn this motherf****r!”
No effort was made to put out the raging fire, which burned the cabin down to the basement and foundation.
Some are also questioning why the police ordered Television News helicopters to fly away from the scene and give up their clear views of the cabin. Newsroom bosses complied. But while the choppers were out at a greater distance, a San Bernardino Country Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman gave a News Conference outside the parameter of the manhunt, drawing reporters to that scene. And simultaneously, the scanners were alive with deputies openly speaking of burning the cabin.
Again, all of this is denied by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office.
A body has been found inside the charred ruins, but it has not yet been positively identified as that of Christopher Dorner (UPDATE: The Body of Chris Dorner has been positively identified). Authorities say he killed a deputy and wounded another on what appears to be the final day of his rampage. Earlier, he killed and wounded another two deputies who were searching for him in connection with the murders of a woman and her fiancé in another part of Southern California. That woman was the daughter of a retired Los Angeles Police Lieutenant who acted as Dorner’s Union rep in his dispute with the department, which he eventually lost. The LAPD fired Dorner for allegedly making up a story about his partner’s abuse of a suspect, a decision he disputed and never forgave. In a lengthy “manifesto”, Dorner cited what he considered a wrongful termination as his motive for revenge against the LAPD or any police agency supporting it.