Chris Dorner, the former police officer who sent the LAPD on a massive weeklong manhunt after shooting and killing three people, reportedly engaged authorities in a shootout Tuesday afternoon.
It’s unclear whether Dorner, a 33-year-old former LAPD officer and U.S. Navy reservist, was captured or killed, or if he eluded authorities.
The shootout with a man believed to be Dorner occurred Tuesday in the Big Bear area after Dorner burglarized a home in the California ski resort town, tied up a couple in the house and stole their pickup truck, a law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times.
The couple said the man who burglarized the home closely resembled Dorner, San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller told the Associated Press.
"The reporting party identified the suspect as looking like Christopher Dorner but that has not been confirmed," Miller said.
The Big Bear area was under lockdown Thursday after Dorner’s burnt out truck was located there, but he escaped authorities. A manhunt covering much of Southern California was conducted to capture Dorner. Police also considered whether the former cop crossed the border into Mexico.
Dorner is suspected of shooting and killing Monica Quan and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence, in the parking garage of their Irvine, Calif., apartment complex Feb. 3.
Quan is the daughter of former LAPD captain and lawyer Randal Quan, who represented Dorner at the 33-year-old officer’s appeal of his firing from the department.
Dorner is also believed to be responsible for the murder of Riverside Police Department Officer Michael Crain, who was killed Feb. 7 while conducting a routine patrol.
A manifesto published on Dorner’s Facebook page claimed he committed the murders in order to clear his name, referring to his firing.
The former cop was fired after a LAPD board determined he made false statements pertaining to his training officer committing police brutality. Dorner maintained that he was telling the truth.
The city of Los Angeles is offering a $1.1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Dorner -- the largest reward in the city's history.
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