Christopher Dorner is confirmed to have “engaged in a shootout with federal authorities in the Big Bear area” by the paper, which reports that the “shooting occurred after Dorner burglarized a home, tied up a couple and stole their car, the source said.”
Earlier in the day, authorities speculated Christopher Dorner might have already fled to Mexico, but the Times places the fugitive cop wanted in the murders of three (one fellow officer and two females) in the same area he was originally sought.
At this juncture, it has not been disclosed whether anyone has been wounded in the Christopher Dorner shootout or whether Dorner himself has been killed or injured in the gunfire. The paper reports:
“It was not immediately clear whether Dorner was in custody.
“A second source said there was an active crime scene but did not have details.
“Law enforcement officials were swarming the area.”
Much of the updates are being reported on the Dorner shootout via Twitter, and few are officially confirmed, citing only law enforcement sources in the matter.
Tweets updated so far include:
— Ron Lin, LA Times (@ronlin) February 12, 2013
1:34 PM PST, Officers reported down:
Update: Authorities responding to reports of up to two police officers down amid a shootout involving accused killer Christopher #Dorner.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 12, 2013
1:38 PM PST, Shootout reported “live on air” by paper:
Massive shoot out now heard live on air on KCBS-TV
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) February 12, 2013
Update, reporters being cleared from scene:
Live on KCAL 9–heavy gunfire and police telling reporter “Get the F— out!!” Chris #Dorner shootout
— James Rainey (@LATimesrainey) February 12, 2013
Below, live video footage of the Christopher Dorner standoff.