Nightly News   |  February 12, 2013

Officers wounded in Big Bear manhunt

Gunfire erupted during the hunt for former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, who was charged with murder on Monday. The unfolding drama brought officers to a cabin in the mountains where the suspect was barricaded inside. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> on capitol hill in washington, prior to the president's state of the union address tonight, but the news at this hour is on the other coast. it's centered on a cabin in the san bernadino mountains in california, where police have exchanged gunfire with someone believed to be christopher dorner, the ex-cop, the military veteran-turned-sniper who has quite literally terrorized so much of southern california for so many days. it's where we want to begin the broadcast tonight, a changeable situation still under way. nbc's miguel almaguer in los angeles starts us off. miguel , good evening.

>> reporter: brian, good evening. it all started this afternoon. the sheriff's department says they received phone call of a reported car and someone who matched christopher dorner's description. a short time later, in the woods, they found that car and their suspect. tonight, multiple law enforcement sources tell nbc news it is christopher dorner. shots fired three hours east of los angeles .

>> we have the suspect holed up in a cabin.

>> reporter: in the mountains of big bear , the manhunt for fugitive christopher dorner comes to an end.

>> we hope we can take this guy into custody and we hope that he doesn't hurt anybody else.

>> reporter: inside a cabin, the sheriff says the former police officer and accused cop killer barricades himself inside a home.

>> stand by. you got three more coming your way.

>> reporter: almost immediately, an exchange of gunfire.

>> he has got a rifle.

>> reporter: with the s.w.a.t. team on scene, two officers are wounded and are airlifted to a local hospital.

>> enough is enough. it's time to turn yourself in. it's time to stop the bloodshed. it's time to let this event and let this incident be over.

>> reporter: police say dorner's murder spree began nine days ago. the bodies of monica quan and keith lawrence were discovered in a parking lot, a revenge killing, say detectives. quan is the daughter of a former police captain.

>> suspect vehicle is still outstanding. it's a black nissan titan .

>> reporter: last thursday, with the manhunt for dorner under way, police say he opened fire on two lapd police officers . one was grazed in the head.

>> officer shot multiple times.

>> reporter: a short time later, detectives say dorner opened fire on two riverside police officers . 34-year-old mike crain was killed. with no sign of dorner in the city, officers in big bear discovered his burnt-out truck with a cache of weapons inside.

>> police department .

>> reporter: for the last six days, officers have cleared cabins and combed through the forest. today, they finally found their man. there were reports earlier today there may have been a hostage situation inside one of those cabins. lapd tonight says that report is unconfirmed. one of those two officers shot earlier today has died, the lapd confirm confirmed. brian?

>> miguel almaguer starting our reporting in los angeles tonight. miguel , thanks.