CBS2 Takes First Look At Burned-Out Big Bear Cabin In Dorner Shootout
BIG BEAR (CBSLA.com) — CBS2 took a first look Friday at the cabin where officials say quadruple murder suspect Christopher Dorner lost his life.
The home has been demolished, with not much intact but the fireplace and an angel statue standing in the middle of the rubble.
Coroner’s officials confirmed Thursday that the charred remains found inside the cabin belong to Dorner.
The site had been roped off for several days after the deadly standoff Feb. 12 that marked the end of the Dorner saga.
During the gunfire, Dorner is believed to have fatally shot San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremiah McKay.
The siege continued for hours until tear gas was fired into the home. A single gunshot was later heard resonating from inside the residence, and officials have yet to determine whether Dorner shot himself or died in the blaze.
Meanwhile, relatives say a Riverside police officer shot in a confrontation with Dorner is on the road to recovery. Officer Andrew Tachias, 27, was riding in a patrol car with his training officer Michael Crain when Dorner reportedly drove up next to them and opened fire.
Andrew Tachias was shot in the arms and shoulders and remains hospitalized in stable condition. Crain died from his injuries, making him the third of four people believed to have been killed by Dorner.
Tachias had just joined the Riverside Police Department two months ago after having left the Inglewood Police Department, where he had narrowly escaped death in another shooting five months ago.
The victim’s father, Anthony Tachias, said his son is devastated by Crain’s death.
“His impression of him was…what a solid man. What a decent, hardworking, ethical man. Someone anyone would want to emulate, so this is devastating,” he said.
Tachias has to undergo a significant amount of physical therapy before he can return to work.