The Sheriff reiterated his assertion the tactics used by the members of this department were sound and effective. He summarized the events as they unfolded over the past 8 days including the search for Dorner in the Big Bear Lake neighborhood. The condominium complex owned by the Reynolds family, where Dorner had found shelter, was searched Thursday evening. The door was locked and nobody answered when sheriff’s deputies made contact at the residence. Sheriff McMahon explained he did not authorize deputies to force entry into residences that did not show signs of being broken into.
Captain Gregg Herbert elaborated on the tactics used during the confrontation with Dorner at the cabin in Seven Oaks. Deputies responded to the scene and noticed tracks in the snow in front of the cabin where Christopher Dorner had taken refuge. Dep. Alex Collins, Det. Jeremiah Mackay and other officers were conversing in the street in an attempt to devise a plan when Dorner shot at them, striking both deputies multiple times. The other deputies returned fire, and dodged an onslaught of bullets, while attempting to rescue the injured deputies. Specialized SWAT personnel arrived to assist in the rescue and were met with rapid fire. Once the injured deputies were successfully extracted, SWAT personnel gave several verbal commands for Dorner to exit the cabin and surrender. With no response from the suspect, cold gas was deployed into the cabin and proved to be unsuccessful in forcing Dorner’s surrender. Dorner continued to fire at deputies’ every movement. Tactical decisions were made with the intention of forcing Dorner’s surrender.
Sgt. Trevis Newport spoke about the arsenal of weapons Dorner had at his disposal. Newport stated that through his investigation they recovered numerous high-capacity magazines, large amounts of ammunition, numerous canisters of CS gas and smoke; tactical style load-bearing vest; and multiple assault rifles equipped with suppressors; .308 caliber bolt action rifle, equipped with scope and suppressor; semi-automatic hand guns; and a military-style Kevlar helmet.
Capt. Kevin Lacy discussed the autopsy, conducted by the Riverside County Coroner’s Division, and revealed the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death is still under investigation.
In closing Sheriff John McMahon stated he was very proud of the work of all members of his department, especially the valiant response of deputies who confronted imminent danger and ended Dorner’s reign of terror. He thanked all allied law enforcement agencies who assisted in the manhunt and provided essential support during this incident.