SAN DIEGO — Heavily armed SWAT officers searched rugged terrain near Big Bear Thursday after a burning pickup belonging to a fugitive ex-cop was found near the mountain community.
The Bear Mountain Resort was closed and area schools were locked down after news of the discovery. Officers were also searching the community door to door, San Bernadino County Sheriff John McMahon said.
Investigators determined that the charred truck was registered to Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, McMahon said. Dorner, a former officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, was wanted in connection with a shooting spree that began over the weekend, killing three people and wounding one.
Authorities told the Los Angeles Times that they spotted “fresh tracks” in the snow and may be zeroing in on Dorner.
There had been multiple reported sightings in the Big Bear area on Thursday of Dorner’s truck, sources said. Dorner was last seen wearing military fatigues and has a military ID.
Earlier Thursday, police in San Diego mounted a massive manhunt for Dorner after he was reportedly seen near Naval Base Point Loma. That search proved fruitless.