Update 9:13 p.m. The manhunt for a rogue ex-LAPD officer and triple-homicide suspect who believes he is seeking vengeance will continue through the night in the Big Bear area, a San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman said in a statement distributed just after 9 p.m. Thursday.
Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, is a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD who is believed to be armed with assault weapons. He is suspected of killing a Riverside police officer Thursday morning, and a college basketball coach from Walnut and her fiance in Irvine on Sunday.
Law enforcement personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Riverside Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the FBI, Irvine Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Department, Pomona Police Department, the US Forest Service and CalFire will continue to search the forest area and go door-to-door in an effort to find Dorner, Miller said.
"If the weather changes drastically during the night and hampers the search, then multiple two man units will be patrolling the area," Miller said. "Helicopters from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will continue to assist ground searchers by conducting aerial support."
Additional deputies are continuing to patrol Bear Valley, and citizens are urged to immediately call 911 if they see anything suspicious, Miller said.
"Residents are advised to open their doors only to those they know, or uniformed law enforcement officers," Miller said.
Schools in the Bear Valley Unified School District are expected to be open and in session Friday morning.
Update 5:58 p.m. An extensive search for a rogue former LAPD officer and triple-homicide suspect includes SWAT officers, deputies, state and federal agents, as well as San Bernardino County sheriff's aviation personnel.
Law enforcement are searching the forest area surrounding Bear Mountain Ski Resort, and door-to-door in the neighborhoods nearby, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Thursday evening in a statement.
More deputies are positioned on State Route 18 in Lucerne Valley, State Route 330 in Highland, and on State Route 38 in Yucaipa, "monitoring traffic that is travelling up and down the mountain," Jodi Miller of the Sheriff's Department said.
"Additional personnel from throughout the Sheriff's Department have been deployed to the mountain communities," Miller said.
Sheriff John McMahon said vigilant patrols of the area will continue "until the suspect is located or it is determined he is no longer in the Big Bear Valley," Miller said.
The manhunt for Dorner shifted to the Big Bear area Thursday morning when a burned-out vehicle was reported in the area of Forest Road 2N10 and Club View in Big Bear Lake, Miller said. About six hours after the vehicle was found, deputies confirmed the vehicle belonged to Dorner.
Dorner is considered armed and dangerous. Miller urged residents to report any suspicious activity, and to call 911 with any info of his whereabouts.
Update 5:38 p.m. More than 120 law enforcement officers were involved in the search in the Big Bear area for Christopher Jordan Dorner, a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD and wanted in connection with three killings, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told reporters during a news conference Thursday evening.
Investigators followed fresh tracks in snow from the burned-out vehicle confirmed to be Dorner's Nissan Titan, but the tracks did not lead to Dorner, McMahon said.
Update 5:33 p.m. A winter storm warning has been issued for the mountains northeast of Redlands and Loma Linda, where a manhunt was under way Thursday evening for Christopher Jordan Dorner, a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD wanted in connection with three killings, including a Riverside police officer.
Overnight lows in the Big Bear area Thursday into Friday could fall below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and below 10 degrees Friday into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow is likely tonight and tomorrow, forecasters said.
Update 5:03 p.m. News media helicopters have been ordered to stay clear of the search area for Christopher Jordan Dorner, a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD wanted in connection with three killings, including a Riverside police officer, CBS2 LA reports.
Deputies, SWAT officers, state and federal agents were going door-to-door in an area near Bear Mountain Ski Resort, which shut down Thursday after a burned-out vehicle was located on a forest road near Club View Drive, a San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman said.
Update 3:48 p.m. Law enforcement officials have confirmed the burned-out vehicle is the Nissan Titan pickup belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner, a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD wanted in connection with three killings, including a Riverside police officer, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told reporters at a news conference Thursday afternoon in Big Bear.
"We along with State and Federal agents are conducting a thorough search of the area which includes going door to door to all residents," Jodi Miller of the Sheriff's Department tells Redlands-Loma Linda Patch.
Update 2:58 p.m. There are unconfirmed reports that the burned-out vehicle is in fact the Nissan Titan pickup belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner, a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD wanted in connection with three killings, including a Riverside police officer.
The vehicle was reported about 8:35 a.m. Thursday Feb. 7 off Club View in the Big Bear Lake area, Jodi Miller of the San Bernardino County sheriff's department tells Redlands-Loma Linda Patch.
Update 2:48 p.m. Law enforcement officers at a command post near the golf course off Club View Drive have put on body armor, John Casper of Casper News reports.
All schools in the Bear Valley Unified School District are on voluntary lock-down, Rim of the World News reports.
Bear Mountain Ski Resort issued a statement just before 2 p.m.:
"We are shutting down Bear Mountain for the afternoon. You're welcome to use your lift ticket over at Snow Summit or get a voucher for another day in guest services."
Posted 2:18 p.m. A San Bernardino County sheriff's SWAT team flew by helicopter Thursday afternoon to the Big Bear area to provide cover and assist in checking out a report of a burned-out vehicle that may belong to a rogue LAPD officer wanted in connection with three killings, including a Riverside police officer.
There have been multiple false reports of sightings of Christopher Jordan Dorner, a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD who is believed to be armed with assault weapons, since the most recent killing early Thursday in the city of Riverside.
The SWAT team landed about 1:30 p.m. and they were helping with a situation reported before 9 a.m. in the area of Club View Drive in Big Bear Lake, Jodi Miller of the San Bernardino County sheriff's department told KTLA5.
"We've been attempting to identify the owner of that vehicle," Miller said. "I have not been informed there have been identifying marks located on that vehicle. As I stated it was badly burned . . .
"Those are San Bernardino County sheriff's department SWAT officers, and we have as a precautionary reason, you know that the mountain areas are very remote, so we have deployed additional personnel up into the mountain areas because of their remoteness. . . .
"It's my understanding it was found on one of the forest roads in the area of Club View," Miller Said. "I believe it is close to Snow Summit."
Club View Drive is south of Big Bear Boulevard, also known as State Route 18, and west of Big Bear City, on the south side of Big Bear Lake.
The Big Bear Grizzly reported schools in the Big Bear area were on lockdown as a precaution.
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