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February 14th, 2013
12:11 PM ET

Fmr. LAPD chief Bratton on Dorner investigation: ‘The first story is never the last story’

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.”

Filed under: Crime • Dorner • Police
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    An investigation from outside is absolutely required to get in front of this particular story. Otherwise, none of us can rule out the possibility that Dorner was fired for accusations violence, and then ultimately murdered when he retaliated. Did this happen? I don't know, and neither does anybody else. Internal investigations are inadequate. External investigationswill have to address the existing audio track.

    February 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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