LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fugitive former police officer accused of a revenge-fueled killing spree barricaded himself in a cabin in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday after a gunfight with police that left at least two officers wounded, police said.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Christopher Dorner, 33, opened fire as police closed in on him. An intensive manhunt for Dorner has been underway for six days.
The county fire department said one of the wounded officers had been flown by helicopter to a hospital.
The Los Angeles Times reported that days ago Dorner broke into another cabin in the ski resort community of Big Bear Lake, tied up a couple and held them hostage until midday Tuesday. He then fled in a stolen vehicle.
A state game warden on the lookout for the vehicle spotted it and he exchanged fire with Dorner. Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the California Fish and Wildlife Department, said the warden was unharmed.
Dorner later abandoned the vehicle and fled into the forest where he broke into the cabin from which he battled police on Tuesday.
Last Thursday, Dorner shot and killed one police officer and wounded another at a traffic light in Riverside, California, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, according to police. A former officer in the U.S. Navy, he is also suspected of having exchanged gunfire with police in nearby Corona. One officer was wounded in that shoot out.
He was named a suspect last Wednesday in the slayings of a campus security officer and his fiancee, the daughter of a retired Los Angeles Police Department captain. In a manifesto posted on his Facebook page last week, Dorner blamed the captain for his 2008 dismissal from the LAPD.
In the rambling statement, Dorner claimed that he had been wrongly fired from his job, and he vowed to take revenge through “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” on police officers and their families.
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb, Steve Gorman and Alex Dobuzinskis; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Leslie Adler