Deputy killed in shootout with Dorner near Big Bear

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — One San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy died of wounds suffered during a shootout with murder suspect Christopher Dorner, sources told the Los Angeles Times.

Big Bear Dorner shootoutDorner is believed to be surrounded in a cabin near Big Bear, according to law enforcement sources. All mountain highways in the area have been closed.

Dorner allegedly shot and wounded two San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies during the gunfight, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Dozens of law enforcement officers raced the last reported scene of a gun battle near the 7 Oaks cabin area about 20 mile south of Big Bear Lake.

“There are deputies everywhere on the ground and on foot,” said Cindy Bachman, a San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

The shooting occurred after Dorner burglarized a home on Club View Drive, tied up a couple and stole a white pickup truck, authorities said. Deputies responded to a vehicle theft about 12:22 p.m., and the resident who reported the theft said the suspect matched Dorner’s description.

Deputies located the stolen pickup a short time later off Highway 38 on Glass Road. The driver, thought to be Dorner, ran from the truck and took refuge in a cabin, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies and the man in the cabin exchanged gunfire, and the two deputies were wounded in the exchange, the department reported. Both men were airlifted to a hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.

It was not known for certain if Dorner was still in the cabin or had fled the scene.