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Christopher Dorner

Deputy in shootout dies

12 Feb, 2013

One of the deputies involved in a gun battle with fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner has died of his wounds, law enforcement sources told The Times.┬áThe San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Hundreds of rounds were exchanged was part of a quickly changing situation that began after Dorner allegedly broke into a home, tied up a couple and held them hostage before fleeing with their white pickup truck.┬áDorner was allegedly spotted by state Fish and Wildlife officers in the pickup truck. A vehicle-to-vehicle shootout ensued. The officers’ vehicle was peppered with multiple rounds.

Dorner crashed his vehicle and took refuge in a nearby cabin. One deputy was hit as Dorner fired out of the cabin and a second deputy was injured when Dorner exited the back of the cabin, deployed a smoke bomb and opened fire again in an apparent attempt to flee. Dorner was driven back inside the cabin.