On Wednesday, the San Bernardino County sheriff tried to answer one of the many lingering questions about what happened at that cabin in the woods, where it's believed fugitive and ex-cop Christopher Dorner died.
Some of the questions at the top of the list: Do the charred human remains found in the cabin Big Bear Lake belong to Dorner? And how did Dorner manage to live literally across the street from the police command post for what appears to be several days?
This mornin, fmr. LAPD Chief William Bratton joins “Starting Point” to shed some insight on the latest developments.
The trail picked up again on Tuesday, when Karen and Jim Reynolds came upon a man who looked like Dorner in their house across the street from the sheriff's command center in the Big Bear area. The fugitive had apparently taken refuge in the cabin for several days which sparked a flurry of questions for the sheriff’s department about how Dorner managed to evade capture during the 10-day search. Bratton says although “a lot has been made of the fact the command post was so close but [Dorner] was not in line of sight to that command post.”
During the Tuesday press conference the San Bernardino County sheriff said "We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out." Bratton says “The first story is never the last story.” He adds, “In terms of what went on during those several hours of the siege, those are issues that the Sherriff’s department is going to have to speak to at some point and time to explain what exactly occurred there.”
When it comes to the media, Bratton says he has learned from his time in policing that “you either get out in front of the story or story overwhelms you.”
The manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner ended dramatically Tuesday evening, with Dorner allegedly holing up in a cabin that was later set on fire. This morning, Terry Turchie, the former FBI Deputy Asst. Director of the Counterterrorism Division, joins “Starting Point” to discuss the latest developments in the Dorner case and the rush to identify human remains at the scene.
Turchie says because police were already aware that Dorner was extremely violent and armed, they were going to be prepared.
“When they had the right mix of resources, if there were no hostages in there they were going to be ready to go in pretty quickly,” he says.
Turchie says the Sheriff office’s decision to pull out some resources during the hunt for Dorner was ok because “while it looked as though they were scaling down… they still had the presence there.” He adds, “they still knew how to operate there and they still knew how to get resources back there pretty quickly.”
This morning "Starting Point, Chris Voss, a former FBI Lead international kidnapping negotiator, weighs in on the final hours of a desperate manhunt for Chris Dorner.
“A negotiator will continue to try to communicate with the person inside – if nothing else to provide a distraction so the tactical to people can get in. It’s just one thing to try to confuse the subject in the middle of an assault,” Voss says.
In his manifesto, Dorner said at one point, "Self preservation is no longer important to me," which lead many to believe he might commit suicide. But Voss says the manifesto lead him to believe Dorner “was completely enamored with himself...and as a negotiator you hope at some point and time that his desire to continue that overrides the desire to die.”
This morning on "Starting Point," Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger weighs in on the latest developments regarding ex-cop Chris Dorner’s deadly spree.
Manger says in terms of public fear there is a great deal of similarities between his hunt for Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad and the search for former Los Angeles Police officer Christopher Dorner.
“Folks that were around here 10 years ago remember the knot in their stomach for a period of three weeks, and folks were changing their daily routines,” Chief Dorner says.
The former Fairfax County police chief says differences between the searches revolve around the fact that police in California knew who they were looking for so they had an advantage. He adds that the information center set up in Los Angeles for tips and the various searches were definitely a great help.
While investigators anxiously await the DNA results of the charred remains Manger says, “they'll make some preliminary decisions and know 99.999% that this is the individual. I’m sure they’re pretty certain right now that it’s Dorner.”
“A lot of folks got their first good night's sleep last night...there’s going to be a huge sense of relief throughout the public as well,” he says.