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Dorner wallet found in house

Posted: February 14, 2013 10:00 a.m.
Updated: February 14, 2013 10:00 a.m.

In this aerial photo, law enforcement authorities investigate the charred remains of Dorner's cabin Wednesday.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner.

Clad in camouflage from head to toe and wearing a bulletproof vest packed with ammunition, the most wanted man in America was just a few feet away, having emerged from a grove of trees holding a large assault-style rifle.

As teams of officers who had sought the fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer for a week were closing in, Dorner pointed the gun at Heltebrake and ordered him out of his truck.

“I don’t want to hurt you. Start walking and take your dog,” Heltebrake recalled Dorner saying during the carjacking Tuesday.

The man, who wasn’t lugging any gear, got into the truck and drove away. Heltebrake, with his 3-year-old Dalmatian Suni in tow, called police when he heard a volley of gunfire erupt soon after, and then hid behind a tree.

A short time later, police caught up with the man they believe was Dorner, surrounding a cabin where he’d taken refuge after crashing Heltebrake’s truck in the San Bernardino Mountains 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

A gunfight ensued in which one sheriff’s deputy was killed and another wounded. After the firefight ended, a SWAT team using an armored vehicle broke out the cabin’s windows and began knocking down walls. A fire started, and later, charred remains believed to be Dorner’s were found.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said Wednesday the fire was not set on purpose.

“We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out,” he said.

His deputies lobbed pyrotechnic tear gas into the cabin, and it erupted in flames, he said. McMahon did not say directly that the tear gas started the blaze, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

The sheriff said authorities have not positively identified the remains. However, all evidence points to it being Dorner, he said, and the manhunt is considered over.

A wallet and personal items, including a California driver’s license with the name Christopher Dorner were found in the cabin debris, an official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing probe.

Thousands of people gathered Wednesday for the funeral of a Riverside police officer gunned down a week ago during an alleged revenge rampage by ex-Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner.

Throngs of uniformed law enforcement officers from around the nation packed Grove Community Church to mourn Officer Michael Crain, 34. A white-gloved honor guard carried his flag-draped coffin inside to the sound of bagpipes.

His colleagues, with black tape on their badges, massed on a stage next to a floral arrangement in the shape of a badge.

Speakers described Crain as a loving husband and father and praised his 11 years of Riverside police service.

His wife, Regina Crain, sobbed as she read the couple’s wedding vows and spoke of their relationship as perfect.

“Every day got better, every day we renewed our love and I knew how much he loved me and how much he loved those babies,” she said, referring to their son, Ian, 10, and 4-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn.

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