Ex-cop died from single shot to head

2013-02-16 08:08

Los Angeles - Alleged US cop killer Christopher Dorner died from a single gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, a coroner said on Friday.

The doctor who examined the body concluded that "the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head," said San Bernardino County coroner Kevin Lacy, giving details from the results of a six-hour autopsy.

"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 told a press conference.

But he said, "While we are still assembling the reports and putting it together, the implication seems to be that the wound that took Christopher Dorner's life was self-inflicted."

The ex-Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) cop went on the run last week after allegedly killing a couple and a policeman, and wounding three people.

Another officer was killed and one wounded before the cabin in which Dorner was holed up burnt in a fire.

At Friday's news conference, officials also announced that they had found a cache of weapons with Dorner, as well as high-capacity magazines either in his possession or at sites connected with him during the manhunt.

Dorner had posted online a chilling manifesto in which he threatened to kill policemen and their families, and blamed the LAPD for treating him unfairly in his sacking in 2008.

The manhunt came to a climax on Tuesday in a cabin near a snow-covered ski resort, after Dorner was spotted in a stolen vehicle and then fled on foot after crashing one vehicle and carjacking another.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said that there was a prolonged fire-fight with the 33-year-old, who barricaded himself in the cabin after a six-day manhunt.

When they had exhausted other means, SWAT officers used a tractor-type device to open up the windows and walls of the cabin, and inserted a pyrotechnic chemical, to try to force Dorner to surrender.

A blaze erupted, starting at one corner of the cabin. As the flames took hold, after a period of no firing, "We heard a distinct single gunshot coming from inside the house," said McMahon.

The sound of it "indicated to me [that] a different kind of weapon had been fired," he added.

Dorner’s victims

Among those Dorner is accused of killing were the daughter of a former LAPD captain involved in Dorner's dismissal and her fiancè.

Dorner was booted out of the LAPD in 2009, after a police disciplinary board found him guilty of making false statements against his training officer, whom he had accused of cruel mistreatment of a disabled man.

In his online manifesto, he lodged accusations of racism and abusive behaviour against other officers in the LAPD as well.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said last week that he would reopen the investigation into Dorner's firing from the police department.

He said he was doing so "not to appease a murderer" but to reassure the public that his department - which over the years has battled charges of racial discrimination and police brutality - is fair and transparent.

  • Ros Rose - 2013-02-16 08:38

    What a tragedy for all involved!

      Maroushka Conradie - 2013-02-16 09:07

      I smell a rat here! with all of the cover ups involving this case I can only speculate on what really happened. May he rest in peace.

  • bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-16 09:00

    Have your tracks on my iPod Walkman, you will be missed LL

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-07-09 07:29

      Worshiping shyte.

  • nkala.popo - 2013-02-16 09:28

    i hope dey hav da rite body

      kieren.gerling - 2013-02-16 10:34

      Who teaches you to talk like "dat"?

  • nathania.goosen - 2013-02-16 19:00

    The LAPD has pulled a Waco. Barely two hours after ordering the media to remove their helicopters from the area and cut all live feeds, the LAPD managed to set fire to the cabin occupied by Christopher Dorner and burn him alive inside it, according to media reports. Mission accomplished for the LAPD, an organization that has run its manhunt more like a rampaging street gang than a professional police department. As Natural News has already documented, LAPD officers have engaged in attempted murder of innocent citizens in their freakish frenzy to try to kill Dorner. Their motive explains why LAPD officers fired tear gas into the cabin where Dorner was staying, knowing it would ignite flammable materials in the home and set the place on fire. People must stop believing in anything America says. There was a life radio transmission were you clearly heard a police man said. Burn down the mother f...... They killed him because he wanted to expose them. “…tear gas was fired into the house before the fire broke out,” reports the Los Angeles CBS affiliate. This is the same sort of tactic that was used to burn down the Branch Davidian community in Waco, Texas in 1993. The Waco raid, we all know by now, was a politically-motivated ATF assault against innocent men, women and children, all conducted for the purpose of increasing the visibility and importance of the ATF by creating a crisis where none existed.

  • Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-07-09 07:27

    Does it matter how the piece of shyte died?.

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