BIG BEAR, Calif. (KTLA) — One San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputy is dead and a second hospitalized after being wounded in a gun battle with a man believed to be Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer wanted in 3 killings/
The drama started when deputies responded to the 1200 block of Club View Dr. that a man matching Dorner’s description burglarized the home, tied up a couple and stole their vehicle.
Deputies immediately began a ground and air search for the vehicle which was located at Hwy. 38 and Glass Rd.
Dorner fled on foot into the forest and then barricaded himself inside a cabin, according to officials.
At some point, Dorner opened fire, wounding two sheriff’s deputies, a source told CNN.
Both were airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center where one later died.
The second deputy remains in critical condition.
It is not known if Dorner was wounded.
Dorner is now reportedly barricaded inside another cabin.
All highways to Big Bear have been closed to traffic.
Four Big Bear area schools were placed on lockdown.
Dorner declared war on the LAPD, following his dismissal from the force in 2009 for allegedly making false claims about his training officer.
He is accused of killing three people, including the daughter of a retired LAPD captain and her fiance and a Riverside police officer.
Investigators are scrutinizing a conspiracy-laden manifesto published on what they believe was Dorner’s Facebook page.
It threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against police officers and their families, saying he had no choice but to kill to reclaim his reputation.