Christopher Dorner Was Hiding Just Steps From Dragnet’s Command Center – ABC News

Christopher Dorner Was Hiding Just Steps From Dragnet’s Command Center – ABC News.

Christopher Dorner, the fugitive ex-cop who authorities believe died in a fiery standoff with police Tuesday night, was apparently holed up in a snow-covered cabin in the California mountains just steps from where police had set up a command post and held press conferences during a five-day manhunt.

The charred remains of a body believed to be Dorner was removed from another cabin, high in the San  Bernadino Mountains near Big Bear, Calif., the site of Dorner’s last stand. Cornered inside the mountain cabin, the suspect shot at cops, killing one deputy and wounding another, before the building was consumed by flames.

Police are working to officially identify the body, but “have reason to believe that it is him,” said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman.

The manhunt for Dorner, 33, one of the biggest in recent memory, led police to follow clues across the West and into Mexico, but it ended just miles from where Dorner’s trail went cold last week.

Residents of the area were relieved today that after a week of heightened police presence and fear that Dorner was likely dead.

“I’m glad no one else can get hurt and they caught him. I’m happy they caught the bad guy,” said Ashley King, a waitress in the nearby town of Angelus Oaks, Calif.

Hundreds of cops scoured the mountains near Big Bear, a resort area in Southern California, since last Thursday using bloodhounds and thermal-imaging technology mounted to helicopters, in the search for Dorner. The former police officer and Navy marksman was being hunted as the suspect who had killed a cop and cop’s daughter and had issued a “manifesto” declaring he was bent on revenge and pledged to kill dozens of LAPD cops and their family members.

PHOTO: Flames from a fire in a cabin in Big Bear, Calif. can be seen in this overhead photo; ex-LAPD officer and fugitive Christopher Dorner is believed to have taken refuge in the cabin during a shoot-out with police on Feb. 12, 2013.
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PHOTO: Flames from a fire in a cabin in Big Bear, Calif. can be seen in this overhead photo; ex-LAPD officer and fugitive Christopher Dorner is believed to have taken refuge in the cabin during a shoot-out with police on Feb. 12, 2013.

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Flames from a fire in a cabin in Big Bear, Calif., can be seen in this overhead photo; ex-LAPD officer and fugitive Christopher Dorner is believed to have taken refuge in the cabin during a shoot-out with police, Feb. 12, 2013.
Chris Dorner Manhunt: Fugitive Ex-Cop in Shootout With Police

But it now appears that Dorner never left the area, and may have hid out in an unoccupied cabin just steps from where cops had set up a command center.

It was at the cabin Tuesday morning where two women arrived to find a man matching Dorner’s description inside. He took the women hostage, tying them up and stealing their car. At 12:20 p.m. PT, one of the woman broke free and called police.

Dorner crashed that car and hijacked a pickup truck as officials from the state Fish and Game Department pursued him.

“I saw some movement in the trees and it was Christopher Dorner and he came out onto the road, out of the snow, and he was dressed in all camouflage and had a big assault, sniper-type rifle and he had a vest on, like a ballistics vest,” Rick Heltebrake, the pickup’s driver, told ABC News.

“He was dressed up to do some damage it looked like.  He said, ‘I don’t want to hurt you.  Just get out and start walking up the road and take your dog with you,’” Heltebrake said.

Dorner then took off into the woods on foot, where sheriff’s deputies pursued him to a rental cabin in which he barricaded himself and began firing.

Two deputies were wounded in the firefight and airlifted to a nearby hospital, where one died, police said. The second deputy received non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Some local television stations broadcast police scanner traffic of the firefight, punctuated by the sound of automatic gunfire.

“It was horrifying to listen to that firefight and to hear those words. ‘Officer down’ is the most gut-wrenching experience that you can have as a police officer,” said LAPD spokesman Lt. Andrew Neiman.

Over the course of the next five hours, heavily armed SWAT teams with tank-like vehicles surrounded the cabin, even firing tear gas inside, but never entered the building.

Cops said they heard a single gunshot go off from inside the cabin just as they began to see smoke and fire. Later they heard the sound of more gunshots, the sound of ammunition being ignited by the heat of the blaze, law enforcement officials said.

Dorner is accused of killing four people, including the deputy shot on Tuesday. Last Thursday he allegedly gunned down  Riverside police officer Michael Crain, who was laid to rest today.

Crain’s shooting and the discovery of an online manifesto pledging to kill dozens of cops launched the dragnet.Dorner is also suspected of killing Monica Quan and her fiance, who were found shot to death Feb. 3. Quan was the daughter of former LAPD Capt. Randal Quan, who was mentioned as a target of Dorner’s fury in the manifesto.

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Chris Dorner Manhunt: Fugitive Ex-Cop in Shootout With Police

In the 6,000 word “manifesto,” Dorner outlined his anger at the Los Angeles Police Department for firing him, and made threats against individuals he believed were responsible for ending his career with the police force five years ago. Dorner’s grievance with police goes back five years, to when he was fired after filing what the LAPD determined to be a false report accusing other cops of brutality.

The LAPD assigned 50 protection details to guard officers and their families who were deemed possible targets. The LAPD said today they would maintain the details, until Dorner’s body was positively identified.

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Man Shot After Pulling Gun on a Police Officer – WSYX ABC6 –

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Please watch the video and notice how the reporter is trying to say that the cop shot an unarmed man. Evidence proves otherwise as usual. His reporting should have went along the the lines as, lunatic evades police after car stop. Man had gun and drew it on the police who were forced to shoot. It is so sickening how the media wants to portay this police officer as a criminal. A real reporter would be more concerned with a man running through a neighborhood with a gun evading police. Instead he treats a man who was endangering the lives of the people in that neighborhood as a victim.

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Updated: Sunday, February  3 2013, 10:45 AM EST COLUMBUS — Columbus Police are still putting together the pieces in the city’s latest police-involved shooting.

It all started at around 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland Ave. and Dunedin Rd. when police say they attempted to pull over the driver of a car for some sort of traffic-related offense.  When the driver pulled over, police say the front seat passenger got out of the car and took off running.

Investigators say an officer chased the suspect on foot to a house at 1781 Audrey Rd.  That’s when investigators say the suspect pulled out a gun on the officer, and the officer opened fire shooting the suspect in buttocks.

One witness said the suspect was unarmed, but police say that’s not true.

“Detectives found he had a weapon,” Fraternal Order of Police President, Jason Pappas said.

It’s still unclear why police pulled the vehicle over to begin with.

The suspect who was shot was taken to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he is said to be in stable condition.  His name, and the name of the officer involved, haven’t been released.

The department’s Critical Incident Response Team is continuing to investigate this case.

It marks the city’s third police-involved shooting of the year.

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Tawana Brawley Served With Court Order to Pay Man she accused of Rape in 1987

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From NY Post

Infamous hoaxster Tawana Brawley — whose outrageous rape lie 25 years ago inflamed racial tensions nationwide — yesterday was finally slapped with a court order to settle a hefty defamation case against her.

“For at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,” said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, who was falsely accused of raping Brawley in 1987 and finally tracked her down, thanks to The Post.

“To me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,’’ added the former ADA, who won the $190,000 defamation lawsuit against Brawley, 40, now a nurse in Virginia, more than a decade ago.

EXPOSED: Tawana Brawley had been living in hiding in Virginia until The Post tracked her down.

At 9 percent interest, that debt, which Brawley never attempted to pay off, now totals $431,492, according to the wage-garnishment papers filed in Virginia’s Surry County Court.

Brawley — whose unbelievable lies made the Rev. Al Sharpton a household name as he bombastically championed her cause — had changed her name and moved down South in the years since she was exposed.

Her fugitive-like antics long thwarted Pagones’ efforts to serve her with the court papers needed to get the financial damages due him.

But The Post finally found Brawley last month, effectively leading Pagones and his lawyer to her.

She was living under the assumed name of Tawana Vacenia Thompson Gutierrez in Hopewell, Va., and working as a licensed nurse at The Laurels of Bon Air, a nursing home in nearby Richmond.

According to Pagones’ lawyer, Garry Bolnick, the single mom’s wages could be docked 10 to 25 percent per paycheck as retribution for her lies.

Pagones said he might waive his entitled windfall — if Brawley finally ’fesses up.

“There is a feeling of unfinished business to it,” he said of the case that ended his career and cost him his marriage. “I look at this as another opportunity for her to tell the truth.

“People criticize me for going after a hardworking single mother trying to support herself and child. My argument has been she has not been held accountable.

“If she is not going to tell the truth, then it is about the money. That is the only way to hold her accountable,” said Pagones, who is now principal owner of a private investigations firm.

But Pagones said he wonders if Sharpton will again try to rush to her aid and bail her out.

“I’ve got to believe since he is primarily responsible for all the damage done, I would think he would come to her aid. That’s what I expect,” Pagones said.

Seemingly a lifetime ago, a 15-year-old Brawley of Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County was found in a trash bag covered in feces with the words “n- – - -r” and “bitch” scrawled upside down on her body and “KKK” carved into her shoe.

Sharpton, still relatively unknown outside New York City, and lawyers Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, immediately took up her cause as she claimed she was attacked by a gang of white men, including Pagones.

When 28-year-old Fishkill Police Officer Harry Crist Jr., committed suicide a week later — likely over a romantic breakup and failing the New York State Police exam — Sharpton and his allies used the incident to accuse Crist of participating in the rape.

When Pagones, a friend of Crist, offered an alibi for his besmirched dead friend, he found himself accused of raping Brawley nearly three dozen times.

After a year of hell, a grand jury found Brawley’s accusations without any merit. She likely fabricated the story because she feared her stepfather’s wrath for staying out late, according to the grand-jury evidence.

“This has been on my mind every time Sharpton has been in the news,” Pagones said of the case.

“I am reminded of the damage Tawana Brawley, Sharpton, Mason and Maddox caused. It’s something I live with all the time.”

In 1997, Pagones won a defamation lawsuit against Sharpton, Brawley and her lawyers.

Maddox was found liable for $97,000, Mason for $188,000, and Sharpton was ordered to pony up $66,000, money that was coughed up by O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran and others.

Additional reporting by Amber Sutherland, Reuven Fenton and Michael Gartland

chuck.bennett@nypost.com

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Gun Control Bans Coming to a town near you

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Feinstein, Cuomo and more to come are dropping bans like it will solve the problem. Look how great it worked for Chicago with 500 plus murders last year. Not to mention people are still involved in gun violence in arctic temperatures recently. 2 double homicides a few days ago. Imagine how great it will be in Chicago with some nice 80 degree weather while everyone’s out.

It amazes me how fast legislation gets rammed down our throats with out trying to get at some of the root causes. Both sides of this argument will probably hate me by the end of my rant. So called assault weapons should not be banned. It shoots one round at a time. Oh, wait, it looks scary. Are you serious.

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Let’s limit handguns to 7 rounds. That’s great except for the fact that the average number of people involved in a home invasion is 3. You better have some real good aim in the pitch black as you wipe your eyes from your sleep. It is absolutely ridiculous to go after guns. Which brings me to some simple questions.  Why are our cars able to go over 30mph? If cars only went 30 the death rate in accidents would drop tremendously. That’s right, it doesn’t push a political agenda. Why can we own hammers and knives? More people were killed with hammers than rifles last year and some of those rifles are not the scary type they’re talking about on the news. I’ll tell you why because it’s the person behind the object. Studies show Australia crime rate went down after confiscating weapons, according to various news outlets. Well, Britain’s crime has grown since they confiscated weapons. Israelis have many fire arms that they carry openly. Their rates are very low.

Do you really think criminals are going to give up there weapons. Your out of your mind if you do. There is no way to even tell which ones have them. These laws only hurt legal, law abiding citizens. Legal gun owners are the only ones who are going to turn them in and sell them.

On the other side of things how about background checks for you and everyone living in your household. If you live with somebody who has certain mental disabilities you are not allowed to keep fire arms on the premise. Same goes for people living with violent felons. How bout some real time background checks at gun shows. Who really is against it. It makes no sense to be.

*The following was taken from gunvictimsaction.org

*Gun Shows and private gun sales: Gun shows have been called “Tupperware parties for criminals” because they attract large numbers of prohibited buyers. A loophole in federal law allows unlicensed or “private” sellers, many of whom work out of gun shows, to lawfully sell or transfer guns without conducting a criminal background check. Gun show dealers have been known to advertise to criminals with signs that read “no background checks required here.”*

Make gun crimes federal with a 10 year minimum. Start prosecuting with the strongest penalties. Lets face it, a career criminal that will only be imprisoned for a year because he was caught with a gun isn’t going to care that much. Now make it a 10 year minimum and most criminals aren’t going to carry. Rates would probably stay the same till more and more violent offenders started doing 10 year minimums with no early release. After that gun crimes would drop dramatically.

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NOPD Officer Shot In Leg With His Weapon By Subject Damon Jones

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Around 2 am in the morning in New Orleans a NOPD was shot in the leg with his own gun while placing subject into his police vehicle. Suspect was cuffed but managed to take Officers firearm from his holster and shoot him in the leg as he was placing him in the police vehicle.

Officer is in hospital and recovering from his wounds. Officers were originally responding to a Food Mart on a disturbance call when the suspect, Damon Jones 41year old male, who matched the description the Officers were given approached them in a disorderly and hostile manner. Offers put subject into handcuffs for the safety of all involved. Suspect became more hostile after Officers placed him and handcuffs so the Officers decided to put him in the back of their Police vehicle. At this time Damon Jones, the suspect in custody, grabbed Officers handgun from his holster. As the subject pulled it from his holster the Officers fire arm discharged wounding him in his leg. Subject, Damon Jones is being held on Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer, Resisting and Disturbing the peace.

Officers are constantly being attacked by the likes of dirt-bags like Damon Jones. He needs to be locked away for at least 20 years. Otherwise the next article with Damon Jones will read “How Did They Let This Man Back On the Streets After Shooting a Cop.”

 

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15 LIRR Employee’s Arrested For Stealing Copper

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In an Investigation called Operation Heavy Metal 15 Long Island Rail Road communication workers were arrested for stealing copper. Several news agencies reporting the theft ran up into the hundreds of thousands. These workers were taking copper out of bins and selling them at scrap yards. More than likely they will be suspended shortly and fired.

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Glock 21SF

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The Glock21SF is made of highly resistant, non-fiberglass reinforced polymer frame which reduces the weight of the weapon. I remember when I switched from a different brand to the Glock 19 that the weight difference was definitely noticeable, which is extremely important to people in law enforcement for many reasons. The materials make these handguns perfect for Police Officers who are constantly wearing them in all types of weather. I have personally never had any issues with rusting or corrosion on this firearm. The Glock 21 SF has an enormous amount of stopping power with its .45 Auto round and a 13 round (also available in 10) magazine capacity. The drawback between the 9mm and 45 ACP is obviously a bit of weight and size. Most officers will also be dropping 6-7 rounds (depending on your department’s SOP). I like the idea of the heavy round. It will take an assailant/ perpetrator down a lot easier with out shooting the extra rounds causing less collateral damage.

I find The Glock21SF to be very accurate and love the trigger mechanism. Not sure if it is standard in all Glocks or not but my Departments has a mechanism that allows you to let the trigger up half way and re-fire repeatedly. This is excellent for LEO use because accurate follow up shots could mean the difference between life and death. My Accuracy has actually gone up since moving to the Glock. I can hit a bowling pin target out at 25 yards 10 for 10 pretty easily. Prior to the Glock, I was lucky to hit 4 out of 5 with my old department from that range. This pistol breaks down very easily and can get a basic cleaning in 15 minutes. There are some small spots that can be difficult to clean but a Q-tip, pic and brush can get the carbon out with a little effort.

All and all I think this is an outstanding pistol for patrol duty. I would advise against it if you are working a plain clothes duty or duties that don’t require a gun belt. I think there are better options for you if that is the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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