Suspected killer Christopher Dorner spent his final hours barricaded inside a mountain cabin splattered with blood, presumably his own, and no chance for escape before a single gunshot echoed from inside the vacation home near Big Bear.
The blood-splattered walls inside the cabin were revealed during the Feb. 12 standoff when a robotic police tractor started tearing down the cabin walls to give officers a clean view inside, and were seen more than a half-hour before the cabin caught fire after police fired seven “pyrotechnic” tear gas canisters into the cabin.
Those were among the many details revealed in police dispatch logs released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Friday that gave a minute-by-minute account of the chase down mountain roads and the deadly shootout that left one sheriff’s detective dead and a deputy seriously wounded.
Dorner, a fired L.A. police officer suspected of killing four people and wounding three others, died during the standoff from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, according to coroner’s officials.
The written text of dispatch logs, which had names and other identifying information redacted, started at 12:23 p.m. on that Tuesday afternoon with the cellphone call to police from Karen Reynolds. Reynolds, who owns vacation condominiums near the Bear Mountain ski resort, reported “they were tied up by Chris Dorner” and that the suspect left in their purple Nissan Rouge 15 to 30 minutes before.
Just over an hour later, after Dorner exchanged gunfire with state Fish and Game officers as he headed down the mountain, police at 1:28 p.m. called in a report of inbound automatic gunfire from a cabin near Angelus Oaks.