BIG BEAR ( — Authorities have placed four schools on lockdown amid a shootout that erupted Tuesday afternoon between officers and fugitive Christopher Dorner.

Bear Valley Unified School District confirmed that Big Bear and Chautauqua high schools, along with Baldwin Lane and Fallsvale elementary schools have been placed on lockdown. As of 2:10 p.m., the lockdown was lifted on all the schools except for Fallsvale Elementary in Forest Falls, Shelley Black of Bear Valley Unified said.


Bear Mountain officials have posted on their Facebook page that all three roads to Big Bear have been closed, but that the resort remains open as usual.

Just before 4 p.m., Caltrans closed state Routes 18 (front and back), 330, and 38 into the San Bernardino Mountains. Highway 138 has been reopened east of Interstate 15, after being closed earlier. Motorists are being allowed to drive out of the area, but their vehicles are subject to search.

A gun battle erupted in Big Bear around 1:30 p.m. near Highway 38 after Dorner was spotted at a home where a couple was reported tied up and their white, four-door Dodge 4X4 truck was stolen. Two officers have been shot and wounded.


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