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02/13/2013 11:36 am ET Updated Feb 13, 2013

Chris Dorner Fire May Have Been Started By Police: Report

Unconfirmed police audio from the standoff Tuesday evening with alleged cop-killer Chris Dorner suggests the fire in the cabin where the suspect was holed up may have been started by the police, the Guardian speculates.

Update Feb. 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m.:
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the fire was not set on purpose. "We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out," McMahon said. However, McMahon said one type of tear gas used was "pyrotechnic" and acknowledged that it "does generate a lot of heat." McMahon said the fire "erupted" after police launched the pyrotechnic canisters, which are called "burners," into the cabin. Watch video of the press conference here.

Previously reported:

In the police audio, which was broadcast on CBS affiliate KCAL-TV on Tuesday, frantic voices of officers can be heard, including one officer apparently saying "Burn it down" or "Burn him out," while another officer appears to shout, "F***ing burn this motherf****r!"

The audio's veracity could not be confirmed.

Click the video above to hear the police audio from KCAL-TV.

In addition, a video that has surfaced on YouTube appears to include another recording of police audio from Tuesday's standoff. In the audio, which could not be independently confirmed, a voice says, "We're gonna go forward with the plan, with the burn ... Like we talked about."

A short while later a male voice says: "Seven burners deployed and we have a fire." A female voice then responds: "Copy. Seven burners deployed and we have a fire." (Listen to the full audio here.)

Lending credence to the audio tapes is the reporting of journalist and author Max Blumenthal, who as The Guardian notes, was listening to the police scanners on Tuesday and live-tweeting what he heard.

The Huffington Post has reached out to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for comment. We will update this piece if more information becomes available.

A charred body was later found inside the cabin, according to the Associated Press. One San Bernardino sheriff's deputy was killed in the standoff with Dorner near Big Bear Mountain on Tuesday. Another was injured and is currently in surgery, the Los Angeles Times notes.

Dorner allegedly killed three other people before the Big Bear standoff. The other victims were Riverside Police officer Michael Crain, who was shot Thursday morning while on patrol with his partner, and an Irvine couple, Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence, who were found shot in their car in Irvine, Calif., on Feb. 3.

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02/13/2013 4:09 AM EST

Timeline Of Dorner Manhunt

The Associated Press has created a timeline of key events in the ongoing manhunt for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing at least three people. Note: All times approximate:

Sunday, Feb. 3: An assistant women's college basketball coach and her fiance are found shot to death in their car in Irvine, Calif. Police learn later the woman was the daughter of a retired Los Angeles police captain who represented Dorner in disciplinary hearings that resulted in his dismissal from the force.

Monday, Feb. 4: Some of Dorner's belongings, including police equipment, are found in a trash bin in suburban San Diego, linking him to Irvine killings.

Wednesday, Feb. 6: Police announce finding Dorner's manifesto online.

10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6: A man matching Dorner's description makes a failed attempt to steal a boat from a San Diego marina. An 81-year-old man on the vessel is tied up but otherwise unharmed.

1:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: LAPD officers, protecting a person named in the manifesto, chase a vehicle they believe is Dorner's. One officer is grazed in the forehead by a bullet during a shootout, and the gunman flees.

A short time later, a shooter believed to be Dorner ambushes two Riverside police officers during a routine patrol. One officer is killed, and the other critically injured.

2:20 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: A shuttle bus driver turns in a wallet with an LAPD badge and a picture ID of Dorner to San Diego police. The wallet was found fewer than five miles from the boat, near San Diego International Airport.

5 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: LAPD officers guarding a manifesto target in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance open fire on a truck they mistakenly believe to be Dorner's. A mother and daughter delivering the newspaper are injured.

A short time later, Torrance police are involved in a second shooting involving a different truck they also mistake for Dorner's. Nobody is hurt.

8:35 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: Police find a burned-out pickup truck near the Big Bear ski area in the San Bernardino Mountains. Six hours later, authorities identify it as Dorner's.

9:40 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego is locked down after a Navy worker reports seeing someone who resembles Dorner. Military officials later said Dorner had indeed checked into a hotel on base earlier in the week – on Tuesday – but had left on Wednesday.

4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7: Authorities search a Las Vegas-area home belonging to Dorner and leave with several boxes of items. They say no weapons were found but decline to disclose what was discovered.

Friday, Feb. 8: Dozens of searchers hunt for Dorner in the freezing, snowy San Bernardino Mountains after losing his footprints near the site where the truck was found. Authorities search Dorner's mother's house in La Palma and collect 10 bags of evidence and also take five electronic items for examination. Police also search a storage locker in Buena Park.

Saturday, Feb. 9: Helicopters equipped with heat-seeking technology resume search for Dorner in the mountains near Big Bear. Authorities reveal that weapons and camping gear were found in Dorner's burned truck.

Sunday, Feb. 10: Authorities announce $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner's arrest.

Monday, Feb. 11: Riverside County prosecutors charge Dorner with murdering a police officer and the attempted murder of three other officers in a potential death penalty case. Authorities receive more than 700 tips since the reward was announced.

12:20 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: Police are summoned after a man resembling Dorner steals a purple Nissan in the San Bernardino Mountains. The vehicle is quickly spotted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens on Highway 38. After briefly losing the suspect, the wardens see a white pickup truck driving toward them erratically and at a high rate of speed. Wardens say Dorner rolled down his window and opened fire as he drove past them in the opposite directions.

One of the wardens was able to get out and fire at the driver, who escaped on foot after crashing his truck.

12:40 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: State Fish and Wildlife wardens are involved in a shootout with the suspect. Two San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies are wounded in a second exchange of gunfire and are transported to Loma Linda Medical Center.

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: Police surround the cabin where the suspect is holed up and gunfire erupts before a blaze engulfs the structure and law enforcement officers wait for the fire to burn out.

4:50 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: A San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman confirms one of the two wounded deputies has died, and the other is in surgery and expected to survive.

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12: A law enforcement officials tells the AP a charred body has been found in the rubble of the burned cabin. They don't confirm the identity, although authorities earlier said they believed the man in the cabin was Dorner.

02/13/2013 3:35 AM EST

Police: Charred Remains Found In Cabin

@ AP :

BREAKING: Sheriff's spokeswoman says charred human remains found in rubble of burned cabin in California http://t.co/X1ezLJEq

02/13/2013 3:22 AM EST

Wounded Deputy Will Need Several Surgeries

A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who was shot during a mountainside firefight with a gunman suspected to be Christopher Dorner is expected to survive. However, according to The Los Angeles Times blog L.A. Now, the deputy will need several surgeries.

Another deputy involved in the firefight was mortally wounded.

Click here for more.

02/12/2013 11:56 PM EST

Media Turmoil

Via HuffPost Media:

Multiple news outlets found themselves with apparent egg on their face after their reports that alleged California killer Christopher Dorner was dead were refuted by the Los Angeles Police Department.

As President Obama was giving his State of the Union address, CBS News tweeted that a body believed to be that of Dorner had been found in a burned-out cabin. CNN soon followed. So did ABC and NBC News. So did local Los Angeles stations. All cited either the LAPD or, in NBC's case, the LA mayor's office.

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

02/12/2013 11:48 PM EST

Conflicting Reports In Dorner Hunt

Via the Los Angeles Times website front page:

los angeles times

02/12/2013 11:39 PM EST

"They Have Not Confirmed Anything"

Cindy Bachman, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokesperson, tells reporters that "they have not confirmed anything."

"I can't tell you at this time when they might be able to enter the cabin," she added.

02/12/2013 11:32 PM EST

Too Hot To Search

@ cnnbrk :

LAPD: No body found yet in cabin that burned in #Dorner hunt, contradicting earlier reports. Cabin too hot to search. http://t.co/5vR1T3Mg

02/12/2013 11:29 PM EST

Conflicting Reports

@ mathewi :

CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN and the Associated Press have all reported Dorner's body found in cabin -- LAPD says no body has been found

02/12/2013 11:23 PM EST

Breaking Updates

@ ABC7 :

LAPD Commander A. Smith says no body has been found or identified as #Dorner. Earlier reports are false & cabin hasn't been entered.

02/12/2013 11:22 PM EST

Authorities: No Positive Identification Yet

Los Angeles Police Department told reporters that no body has been identified in the cabin in which Chris Dorner was believed to have been hiding, following a shootout and fire.

"No body has been located yet," Commander Andrew Smith said, telling reporters that the building was still too hot for investigators to enter.

"That burned cabin has not even been entered by investigators yet," Smith said. "We are still on a holding pattern to search that."

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