Anyone near Big Bear, California should seriously consider checking the news before heading outside! Two San Bernardino County Sheriffs were just seriously injured in a shootout with a suspect that matches the description of triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner. Dorner, who wanted for the murders of an Irvine couple and a Riverside police officer was tracked to Big Bear late last week when his burned-out vehicle was discovered in the area.
The manhunt came to a head on Tuesday at around 12:20 pm when a suspect matching the description of Dorner invaded a home near Highway 38. The suspect tied up two individuals in the home, and stole their vehicle. Fortunately, one of the victims managed to escape and alert the authorities.
A public affairs spokesperson for the Sheriff's Department issued a statement, saying, “The reporting party said the suspect took their vehicle and described the suspect as looking very similar to Dorner.”
Shortly after escaping with the stolen vehicle,
the suspect was spotted by the authorities. A shootout erupted with both parties exchanging gunfire on the nearby Glass Road at around 1:30pm. Two officers were injured in the exchange, and were evacuated via an armored vehicle. They are currently being air lifted to a hospital for treatment.
At this time all three roads to Big Bear are closed.
Skiers and snowboarders up on the slopes of Bear Mountain or Snow Summit should check to see if the coast is clear before leaving the resort, or anyone planning on traveling throughout the San Bernardino region for that matter!
Being that this is an ongoing situation, the status and whereabouts of the suspect are unclear. Media is unable to provide any live coverage of the area to prevent giving any of the officer positions away.
Be safe everyone. Hopefully this will all be resolved soon, as it is putting a serious damper on the SoCal shred scene. We assure you, Big Bear is free of state-wide manhunts 99.9999% of the time.