NOVEMBER 4, 2013 BY JOHN ASBURY
Murder and attempted murder charges have been dismissed against Christopher Dorner, who shot himself during a gunfight with law enforcement following a massive manhunt in February.
Dorner was charged Feb. 11
with the murder of Riverside police Officer Michael Crain and three counts of attempted murder against Crain’s partner, Andrew Tachias, and two Los Angeles police officers who were in the Corona area.
Dorner, already a fugitive for two Orange County homicides, shot at the LAPD officers early Feb. 7, then ambushed Crain and Tachias as they were on patrol in Riverside.
Riverside County district attorney’s officials filed the motion, along with a copy of Dorner’s death certificate, to dismiss charges and recall an arrest warrant. The motion was granted during a Sept. 30 hearing.
Dismissing charges is a common procedure to close a case in which a defendant has died.
Outstanding warrants also need to be cleared so the defendant who died can’t be confused with anyone with the same name and date of birth, district attorney’s spokesman John Hall said.
Dismissing the case was delayed until September because prosecutors had to wait to obtain a certified birth certificate, Hall said.
Dorner’s San Bernardino County death certificate lists his date of death as Feb. 12. His place of death says “found in residence” in the burned-out cabin on Seven Oaks Road in the Angelus Oaks area.
His occupation is listed as a peace officer for 11 years. The cause of death was still listed as pending.
Coroner’s officials have said Dorner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a shootout
with police in a cabin off Highway 38 in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Following a five-day manhunt, Dorner was chased to the Angelus Oaks cabin by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and a joint task force of police agencies from across Southern California.
During the standoff, Dorner threw smoke bombs and opened fire, killing sheriff’s Deputy Jeremiah MacKay and injuring Deputy Alex Collins.
SWAT teams deployed incendiary tear gas, which set the cabin on fire. Dorner’s charred remains were recovered from the burnt rubble of the cabin.
Dismissal of Christopher Dorner charges