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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Anyone ever see a mountain cleared due to a crazy person with a gun before?  Bear Mountain closed for the afternoon due to this guy:

 

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/manhunt-authorities-zeroing-in-on-wanted-ex-lapd-officer-in-big-bear.html

 

~S

post #2 of 29

That's not a good first.

post #3 of 29

This story has been all over the news today here (as you can imagine.) It's created a bit of hysteria here. I was actually planning to take a quick day trip to Big Bear on Saturday. Might be changing my plans. Or not! Fewer people! wink.gif

post #4 of 29

This guy sounds really dangerous.

 

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Ex-cop manhunt: Fresh tracks found in Big Bear snow

PHOTOS: Manhunt for ex-LAPD officer

Authorities in Big Bear have spotted fresh tracks believed to be those of a fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer wanted in connection with a series of shootings and are combing the area for him, a Fire Department official told The Times.

Big Bear Lake Fire Department Asst. Chief Mark Mills also said the burning pickup discovered on a forest road has been linked to Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, sought in connection with a series of shootings that have left three people dead and two wounded.

TV helicopters showed the pickup being readied to be towed from the scene.

PHOTOS: Manhunt for ex-LAPD officer

The truck was discovered hours into an intensive manhunt for Dorner that spanned Southern California. Although sources said there had been multiple reported sightings of Dorner's truck in the Big Bear area on Thursday, the burnt truck was too badly charred to immediately confirm it was his.

Meanwhile, the mountain community locked down schools and closed the nearby Bear Mountain Resort as a fatigue-clad SWAT team walked through the woods, rifles drawn.

Sean Jacques, director of loss prevention for Big Bear Mountain Resorts, said that after the burning truck was discovered on a forest service road, local law enforcement told resort officials to keep an eye out for Dorner and provided a description of the suspect.

TIMELINE: Manhunt for ex-LAPD officer

“They said maintain vigilance,” he said.

Several law enforcement agencies are involved in the manhunt for Dorner and alerts have been issued all across California and in Nevada. The Los Angeles Police Department had dispatched units across the region to protect at least 40 officers and others named in a rambling online manifesto that law enforcement officials attribute to Dorner.

Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2009, is suspected of shooting three police officers, one of whom died, in Riverside County early Thursday.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Searching for suspected shooter

Dorner also is suspected of killing a couple in Orange County earlier this week who were found shot in a car. One of the victims was the daughter of a former LAPD captain named in the purported manifesto.

Dorner was believed to be carrying multiple weapons, including an assault rifle.

Law enforcement authorities said they were concerned about Dorner's military background and weapons training. The lengthy online message allegedly written by the former Navy Reserve lieutenant threatened "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against police.

FULL COVERAGE: Sweeping manhunt for rampaging ex-cop

Dorner received awards for his expertise with a rifle and pistol, according to military records obtained by The Times. He received an Iraq Campaign Medal and was a member of a mobile inshore undersea warfare unit.

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz, calling the attack a "cowardly ambush," said Dorner is suspected of opening fire with a rifle about 1:30 a.m. Thursday as he pulled up to two police officers waiting at a traffic light.

The attack was carried out about 20 minutes after Dorner wounded an LAPD officer in a shooting in nearby Corona, police said.

Early Thursday, two women delivering newspapers in Torrance were shot by Los Angeles police who were guarding an officer named in the manifesto.

The women, shot in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, were taken to area hospitals, Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said. One suffered a minor wound, and the other was struck twice and listed in stable condition, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters.

"Tragically," Beck said, "we believe this is a case of mistaken identity."

post #5 of 29

What's interesting to note is that today was military/law enforcement appreciation day up at Big Bear...

All those empty cabins up there during the week make for excellent hiding spots. Scary stuff!

post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by soporific View Post

 Bear Mountain closed for the afternoon due to this guy:

Definitely scary stuff but for anyone thinking of changing ski plans for the weekend - Bear Mountain ski area and Big Bear ski areas (mentioned in the news article) are not the same place.  Bear Mountain is east of San Francisco and Big Bear is east of Los Angeles.

post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
We are headed to snow valley at 5:30am so hopefully he didn't decide to decamp down the hill and they close the mountain. Crossing my fingers.

~S
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by jdleuck View Post

Definitely scary stuff but for anyone thinking of changing ski plans for the weekend - Bear Mountain ski area and Big Bear ski areas (mentioned in the news article) are not the same place.  Bear Mountain is east of San Francisco and Big Bear is east of Los Angeles.

ur thinkin of bear valley. the two areas in big bear are bear mtn and snow summit.

post #9 of 29

Im still waiting to hear about the two ladies shot by LAPD while delivering newspapers in Torrance driving a similar truck to the crazy dude. This guy is supposed to be huge, like 270lbs. I guess the LAPD shoots 1st and gets a visual after!!!

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Im still waiting to hear about the two ladies shot by LAPD while delivering newspapers in Torrance driving a similar truck to the crazy dude. This guy is supposed to be huge, like 270lbs. I guess the LAPD shoots 1st and gets a visual after!!!

 

Yeah, that bothered me a lot. The "similar" trucks were not even Nissans from what I could tell. Guess I'll leave my blue F150 home today. Gee, could be fun driving it up to Snow Summit tomorrow. 

post #11 of 29

eek.gif

 

crazy story

post #12 of 29

Its all good.  This guy just wants to kill LAPD officers.  I doubt very much he will hurt anyone else.  Now you might get hit by LAPD bullets because they don't seem to give a $hit who gets hit. 
 

post #13 of 29

I just looked at the pics of the two trucks that were shot at, and sure enough, one was a a bright blue Toyota Tacoma and the other a Honda. nonono2.gif

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ur thinkin of bear valley. the two areas in big bear are bear mtn and snow summit.

You're right agreen.  I stand corrected.  Thanks.

post #15 of 29

should link this to the "carrying a gun" thread. That was always entertaining reading. Hopefully no one else gets hit by stray bullets from either the "good guys or bad guys". Definitely not something anyone should have to worry about. 

post #16 of 29

Perhaps this will solve the problem?

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post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post

should link this to the "carrying a gun" thread. That was always entertaining reading. Hopefully no one else gets hit by stray bullets from either the "good guys or bad guys". Definitely not something anyone should have to worry about. 

This has nothing to do with law-abiding people carrying or using guns in the outdoors.  There is a connection to skiing only insofar as a ski area was shut.

 

I imagine King Harbor felt odd after the Torrance shootings, particularly for anyone who drove a pickup there -- but that doesn't make it a fishing or stand-up paddle story, any more than it is a ski story.

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Originally Posted by contesstant View Post

 

Yeah, that bothered me a lot. The "similar" trucks were not even Nissans from what I could tell. Guess I'll leave my blue F150 home today. Gee, could be fun driving it up to Snow Summit tomorrow. 

Yes very very troubling indeed.

post #20 of 29

Well, myself and 3 other gals skied up there on Saturday and we survived wink.gif Now, I could gripe about the overall service at that mountain, but for now, I'm happy to report we made it home without any sightings of madmen with guns! We DID see a guy in a black oilskin duster and cowboy hat, who it turns out was from Texas (I was next to him in the lift line, I needed to inform him that he really needed some Blizzard Bull skis to match his outfit!)

 

Where will he surface next? THAT is the question. All kinds of false sightings of him here in LALA land. Security is very tight here in base housing and at the Air Force base since he has access to military installations. I pray for no more violence.

 

Oh and the latest is that LAPD is buying the lady whose truck they shot up a new truck. I think that I'd want a lot more than a new truck. I don't condone a sue-happy society, but in this case, I can see why they would.

post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by contesstant View Post

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Oh and the latest is that LAPD is buying the lady whose truck they shot up a new truck. I think that I'd want a lot more than a new truck. I don't condone a sue-happy society, but in this case, I can see why they would.

For sure...

post #22 of 29

Shootout happening there (near by there?) right now!eek.gif

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Shootout happening there (near by there?) right now!eek.gif

Right meow!! Oh no! duel.gifjk.gif

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post #25 of 29

Cabin is on fire and ready to collapse.

Chopper video shot is from near 7 miles away!

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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

Cabin is on fire and ready to collapse.

Chopper video shot is from near 7 miles away!

Staying clear of the drones...

post #27 of 29

The news article doesn't say the ski area was shut down, only that law enforcement people asked the resort to report anyone looking like the suspect.

 

With a million dollar reward, the sighting is more likely to create a gold rush/Deadwood scenario of armed fortune hunters deciding this is a great time to take up back country skiing.

post #28 of 29

One of these days they'll have a foam that fills the house and forces the people out or they get molded in.

House is now completely destroyed. If he didn't manage to escape somehow, he is most def history.
 

post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

One of these days they'll have a foam that fills the house and forces the people out or they get molded in.

House is now completely destroyed. If he didn't manage to escape somehow, he is most def history.
 

I heard from the stream that officers around the cabin heard a gunshot when the tear gas was thrown in, or sometime shortly after. If this is true he is for sure done for, most likely committed suicide and is now ash.

 

But who knows with the way news agencies report things these days.

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