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Charred Body Found in Cabin May Be California Fugitive

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San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman (top R) briefs the media at a news conference after a standoff and shootout with former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, in the town of Angelus Oaks, California, Feb. 12, 2013.

San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman (top R) briefs the media at a news conference after a standoff and shootout with former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, in the town of Angelus Oaks, California, Feb. 12, 2013.

California authorities say they believe the charred body found in the ruins of a burned cabin is that of fugitive ex-cop and murder suspect Christopher Dorner.

Forensic experts are working on a positive identification. But police officials say items found inside the cabin, including a driver's license, give them reason to believe it is Dorner's body.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon declared the manhunt and investigation over. He called the deputy sheriffs who engaged in a shootout with Dorner true heroes.

Dorner was on the run for a week before he stole a truck Tuesday, drove into the mountains north of Los Angeles, and barricaded himself in the cabin.

He killed a deputy sheriff during the shootout with police. Sheriff McMahon said a pyrotechnic tear gas canister shot into the cabin caused the fire, which he said was unintentional.

Dorner allegedly killed three other people before Tuesday's shootout, including the daughter of a former Los Angeles police captain.

Dorner was fired from the Los Angeles police in 2008 for what officials say was falsely accusing a fellow officer of kicking a suspect in the face.

He wrote in a long online manifesto last week that he would wage "unconventional" warfare on the L.A. police until it states what he says was the truth why he was fired.
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