Dorner manhunt: Authorities scale back search in Big Bear area

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The search for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner continued in the Big Bear area Sunday, but the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said it had cut by half the number of personnel deployed in the effort.

About 25 officers remain on the ground and a helicopter continues to provide aerial support, authorities said. The number of officers was cut back because of the number of cabins and vacation homes already searched.


At its peak, more than 200 SWAT officers and federal agents were scouring mountain roads in Big Bear and trudging through the snow checking hundreds of cabins door to door.

On Sunday morning, authorities received a tip that Dorner may have been spotted down the mountain in San Bernardino, forcing the evacuation of an apartment complex, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

The manhunt for Dorner began last week after the 33-year-old former Los Angeles police officer and Navy veteran allegedly began a deadly campaign that has left three people dead and two others injured. Dorner is believed to be upset over his firing from the police department in 2009.

Dorner’s Nissan Titan pickup was found Thursday morning engulfed in flames on a mountain road in the Big Bear area, and law enforcement officials have since focused their search efforts there.


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-Joseph Serna in Big Bear