Two San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies have been shot while pursuing a carjacking and home-invasion suspect in the Angelus Oaks area of Big Bear.
A law enforcement source confirms to the Associated Press that the assailant is triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner, who is said to be heavily armed and engaging in gunfire with authorities from inside a cabin.
Repeated gunshots could be heard on Glass Road west of 7 Oaks just after 1:30 p.m. and officials requested an armored vehicle to help remove the injured deputies from the scene. A SWAT team was also called in to set up a perimeter of the area. KCAL9′s Carter Evans, who was reporting nearby, is safe despite loud gunfire that could be heard during his live report.
The earlier incident at a home in the 1200 block of Club View Road, which is located near Highway 38 and Glass Road, was reported around 12:20 p.m. The suspect reportedly tied up a couple and stole their 2008 four-door, white Dodge 4X4 truck, which is registered to nearby Camp Tahquitz. One of the victims was able to escape and alert authorities, who later recovered a rifle and possibly a can of gas.
“The reporting party said the suspect took their vehicle and described the suspect as looking very similar to Dorner,” a Sheriff’s Public Affairs spokesperson said in a statement.
The suspect then fled into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin, authorities said.
Highway 38, as well as all roads in and out of Big Bear, have been shut down.
Bear Valley Unified School District confirms all four of its schools – Big Bear High School, Chautauqua High School, Baldwin Lane Elementary School and Fallsvale Elementary School – have been locked down.
The two injured officers were being airlifted to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
Authorities Monday reduced the number of law enforcement officers patrolling the Big Bear area from several hundred to just 30.
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