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Los Angeles Police Shootout with Ex-Officer

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A dangerous situation is unfolding in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. Authorities are engaged in a tense standoff with a suspect believed to be the fugitive ex-LAPD officer wanted for murder.

For four days, there was no news about Christopher Dorner's whereabouts, any leads police had on him seemed to have vanished. Then, shortly after noon Tuesday, authorities we got word of a carjacking, robbery and then a massive gun shootout in the area where Dorner was seen last.

The intense manhunt for fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner took a dangerous turn Tuesday afternoon in the California mountains. After nearly a week long search, it is believed Dorner is barricaded inside this cabin in the Big Bear Mountains three hours outside of Los Angeles.

According to authorities, Dorner abandoned a stolen vehicle, fled into the forest, and took shelter inside the cabin. Police fired smoke canisters and continue to exchange gunfire. Two police officers were wounded and airlifted to the hospital.

Commander Andrew Smith/LAPD, "Everyone is very hopeful that this thing ends without an further bloodshed. We hope that we can take this guy into custody and we hope that he doesn't hurt anybody else."

It is the same area where last week, Dorner's burned out vehicle was discovered on the side of the road. More than 100 officers scowered the area for days searching for Dorner. Residents and tourists in the area are anxiously watching the standoff.

Chris Riddle was at the Big Bear Ski Resort, "There is kind of a collective sigh of relief that now at least we know where this guy and he's not going to come barging through anybodies door."

The former LAPD officer is wanted for the shooting deaths of three people: A Riverside, California police officer, the daughter of a retired LAPD captain and her fiance. In a manifesto attributed to him, Dorner allegedly threatens to kill more police officers and their families in retaliation for being fired from the force in 2009.

Commander Andrew Smith/LAPD, "Until this guys in custody, until he's in hand cuffs none of the people in our department are going to rest."

Reports after 5:00 Tuesday evening say it appears the fugitive may be cornered and the manhunt, now a standoff, could soon be nearing an end.  There has been no gunfire, no activity for the past 3 hours. It's unclear if Dorner's even alive inside that cabin, but given his extensive military and police training, authorities are taking their time making their next move.

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