LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — Police said shots were exchanged between officers and someone who fit the description of fugitive Christopher Dorner in the Big Bear area of California Tuesday.
Two officers were reported hurt in the incident.
CNN said Dorner had been “pinned down” but it was unclear whether that meant he was physically pinned down or just trapped in a specific area.
The incident occurred in an area that has been the focus of a massive search for Dorner, 33, a former Navy marksman and Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing three people.
The Los Angeles Times reported Dorner invaded a couple’s home, tied them up and stole their car.
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles stated a property in California’s San Bernadino Mountains, owned by the family of an associate of Dorner, was under surveillance. The associate was identified as “J.Y.” The property is near where a gray Nissan pickup truck, believed to have been used by Dorner, was found in flames.
The complaint suggests investigators believe Dorner had have had help eluding a massive dragnet, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday, adding it does not detail the relationship between J.Y. and Dorner.
Airport security workers were warned to be on the alert in Southern California as the hunt continued.
Security on the Mexican border was strengthened Monday, the Times said. That step and the airport warning suggest investigators believe Dorner is headed to Mexico or is already there.
Hundreds of officers conducted house-to-house checks of cabins near Big Bear, Calif., and more remote properties west of Big Bear Lake on Monday and Tuesday, in the search for clues about Dorner’s whereabouts, the newspaper reported.
Dorner was dismissed from the LAPD after he filed a complaint in 2007 that another rookie had assaulted a homeless man, a report that was deemed to be unfounded. On Facebook, he threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against police.
One of his suspected victims was a police officer, and the others were the daughter of his attorney, also a former police officer, and her fiance. Two other police officers were wounded.