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Sheriff: Ex-cop Dorner died from gunshot to head

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner killed himself as the cabin he was barricaded inside caught fire following a shootout with officers, police revealed Friday while also confirming he spent most of his time on the run in a condominium just steps away from the command center set up to find him.

‘‘The information that we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner’s life was self-inflicted,’’ sheriff’s Captain Kevin Lacy told reporters.

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Authorities initially were unsure whether Dorner killed himself, had been struck by a deputy’s bullet, or had died in a fire that engulfed the cabin during the shootout.

The search for Dorner began last week after authorities said he had launched a deadly revenge campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing, warning in a manifesto posted on Facebook that he would bring ‘‘warfare’’ to LAPD officers and their families.

Within days he had killed four people, including two police officers, before disappearing into the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake where his burned-out truck was found last week.

From there he eluded a huge manhunt for several days until Karen and Jim Reynolds found him inside their cabin-style condo within 100 yards of a command post for the manhunt when they arrived Tuesday to ready it for vacationers.

After Dorner fled in their purple Nissan Rogue, Karen Reynolds managed to call 911 from a cellphone on the coffee table.

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