SAN DIEGO – The charred human remains found in a burned cabin near Big Bear have been positively identified as Christopher Dorner, authorities said Thursday.
During the autopsy, positive identification was made through dental examination, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The confirmation of his identity brings an end to the manhunt for Dorner, who was accused of killing four people, including two law enforcement officers. He was killed at the end of a hours-long standoff in a cabin near Big Bear on Tuesday afternoon.
Efforts to persuade Dorner to surrender failed causing officers to throw “hot gas” canisters into the cabin. A fire inside the cabin erupted with Dorner still inside.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said deputies did not purposely burn down the cabin. He said they deployed the canisters after they were left with no other options.
“I can tell you it was not on purpose,” he said. “We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out.”
McMahon praised the deputies involved in the standoff. “It was like a war zone, and our deputies continued to go in the area …. Our deputies are true heroes.”
Big Bear Lake Mayor Jay Obernolte said he was relieved that the manhunt was over. The area was “freed of the sense of being a community that is not safe because there is a cop-killer hiding in our little mountain town.”