Sheriff: We Did Not Intentionally Set Dorner Fire
Jim, Karen Reynolds say they first alerted police, not maids
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff | Suggested by GeorgeL
Posted Feb 14, 2013 7:18 AM CST
Updated Feb 14, 2013 7:55 AM CST
San Bernardino County Sheriff, John McMahon talks to the media during a news conference about the search for fired Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake, Calif. Friday, Feb....   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Though authorities are unable to "absolutely, positively confirm" that the burned body found in Big Bear cabin is that of Christopher Dorner, they "believe the investigation is over at this point," says Sheriff John McMahon. McMahon also yesterday asserted that police did not intentionally burn down the cabin; rather, the "pyrotechnic-type" tear gas rounds (known as "burners") intended to flush him out likely started the blaze, reports USA Today. In other Dorner developments:

  • Jim and Karen Reynolds insist that it wasn't two maids who alerted the police to Dorner's location; it was them, and they have the harrowing tale to prove it. The couple tell the Los Angeles Times that they went to their condo on Tuesday to clean and found Dorner, with a "big gun" inside. Karen tried to run but he grabbed them, took them to a bedroom, secured their arms and legs with zip ties, stuffed towels in their mouths, and covered their heads with pillowcases. He repeatedly said he did not intend to hurt the couple before he drove off in their purple Nissan.
  • But as the AP reports, a series of gaffes did Dorner in. Notable among them: Karen Reynolds was able to access her cellphone on a nearby table and dial 911 just two minutes after they heard Dorner leave.
  • More mishaps: After his first two killings, Dorner apparently tried to steal a boat in San Diego and flee to Mexico, but the Navy veteran tangled a rope in the outboard motor and couldn't start it. Then he fled to the Big Bear Lake resort area, where his truck axle broke, stranding him just ahead of a heavy snowstorm.

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Feb 15, 2013 12:33 PM CST
Of course they didn't "intentionally" set the cabin on fire. Sure, and Liberace was straight...the candelabra turned him gay. Those cops deal with these types of devices all the time, they know what the outcome will be. And without the publics help, these Barney Fifes would've never found him. They killed him, saving the cost of a lengthy trial and not having to pay a reward they were never intending to pay in the first place. OK I'm done ranting, just needed to vent. haha
Feb 15, 2013 6:02 AM CST
So many folks out there with misplaced priorities and values. Who cares whether it was an accident or not. Bottom line - a cold blooded murderer got what he deserves. Time to rejoice!!!
Feb 14, 2013 11:37 PM CST
Right...and the FBI did not intentionally set the fire in Waco, Texas too. A big "oops"!