The charred remains found in the cabin where Christopher Dorner made his made final stand against police have been positively identified as the ex-cop who terrorized southern California over the last week, according to The Associated Press.
After a lengthy manhunt, police cornered Dorner in a cabin outside of Big Bear, Calif. Tuesday, where a gun battle took place. By evening, the cabin had caught fire and authorities let it burn to the ground. However, officials would not initially confirm Dorner's death until identification could be made. On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the San Bernadino Police Department said that identification was made through Dorner's dental records.
It is unclear whether Dorner took his own life or was killed during the fire. On Tuesday, CBS reporter Carter Evans said that when the cabin first ignited, a single gunshot was heard, which could be have resulted from Dorner firing his gun or ammunition catching fire inside.
Dorner was named a suspect in a series of shooting attacks earlier in the month that left three people dead, including one police officer. He also released a 6,000-word "manifesto" on his Facebook page that detailed his anger with the LAPD for firing him five years ago. As a result of the gun battle on Tuesday, two officers were injured, with one succumbing to his injuries en route to the hospital.