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Sheriff: Cabin not purposely burned in firefight

2:45 AM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The San Bernardino County sheriff says the fire that engulfed the cabin that murder suspect Christopher Dorner barricaded himself in was not set on purpose.

Sheriff John McMahon told reporters Wednesday "we did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out."

He says deputies lobbed pyrotechnic tear gas into the cabins and it erupted into flames. McMahon did not say directly that the tear gas started the blaze, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

McMahon says authorities have not positively identified the remains, however all evidence points to it being Dorner and the manhunt is considered over.

As for the $1 million reward offered for Dorner's capture and conviction, an LAPD spokesman says the mayor's office will determine if the money is paid out.

LAPD Officer Alex Martinez says he doesn't think there's going to be a reward. He says "there was no capture and no conviction." It's kind of a no-brainer."

Deputy killed in fugitive ex-cop's last stand ID'd

A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy killed in a shootout with a man believed to be fugitive former LAPD officer Chris Dorner had gone into the search happy to help his community but wary of the dangers.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon identified the deputy Wednesday as Jeremiah MacKay, a man who grew up in the area and followed his father into public service.

MacKay suffered multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday and was transported to Loma Linda Hospital where he died of his injuries. He was 35.

MacKay was a detective who had been with the department for 15 years.

He leaves behind a wife, a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-month-old son.

Associated Press

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