Police claim they did not deliberately set fire to cabin believed to house Christopher Dorner
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February 14th, 2013
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DespiteÂ audio from a local news station and even clear statements on police radiosÂ heard over a police scanner (andÂ recorded), law enforcement is now claiming that they did not deliberately set fire to the cabin in which Christopher Dorner was believed to be hiding out.
According toÂ AFP, police denied that the fire was deliberately set, instead saying they threw a type of pyrotechnic tear gas into the cabin, while still denying that the fire was intentional.
âSheriff McMahon confirmed that officers had thrown in a kind of pyrotechnic tear gas, which can catch light,â AFP reports.
âWe did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out,â San Bernadino Sheriff John McMahon said.
Even CNNÂ reportedÂ on the audio from a Los Angeles television station that captured the sound of someone saying, âBurn it down âŠ burn that goddamn house down. Burn it down.â
Yet, according to CNN, the order to use the âburnersâ did not come for another two hours. âSeven burners deployed, and we have a fire,â one officer said on the radio around 4:16 pm.
According toÂ USA Today, â[McMahon] said deputies initially fired conventional âcoldâ tear gas into the cabin in Seven Oaks, near Big Bear Lake, then switched to âpyrotechnic-typeâ rounds known as âburners.ââ
McMahon also said, âWe believe that this investigation is over, and weâll just need to move on from here.â
While police say they have strong evidence that the individual tracked to the Big Bear cabin âlooked and behaved like Dorner,â they still cannot âabsolutely, positively confirmâ that the body found inside was indeed Dorner.
âI cannot absolutely, positively confirm it was him,â McMahon said, according toÂ ABC.
According toÂ San Jose Mercury News, the actual identification of the body could take anywhere from hours to weeks and it isnât clear what method of identification will be used.
The best way to determine identity is DNA, according to Dr. Cyril Wecht, former president of the American Academy of Forensic Science, but that could be quite difficult to obtain from a severely burned body.
Furthermore, investigators need DNA from Dorner to compare with DNA from the remains from the cabin.
âWecht said they could go to family members to get similarities that can be used as a match,â according to Mercury News.
Others, like Scott Carrier, an individual who worked with the Los Angeles County Coronerâs Office for over 30 years, say dental records will be the way to go.
âIn the end, the dental records are imperative. Even with all the new crime scene techniques â with DNA and other procedures â you need to have something to compare the DNA with to get a positive identification,â Carrier said. âDental records are still the best way.â
While the actual identification of the body will be left up to the San Bernadino sheriffs, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said they are prepared to offer help identify the body in an interview with CNN.
âWe all are breathing a sigh of relief. We do believe it is the body of Christopher Dorner, but we donât know for certain,â Villaraigosa said, according toÂ Reuters.
âWe have been working collaboratively from the very beginning to bring this man to justice,â Villaraigosa said, according to Mercury News. âWe are prepared to offer any help we can to identify the body.â
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