Posted at: 02/13/2013 11:17 AM
By: NBC News
Accused cop killer Christopher Dorner may have spent his final hours in a cabin which would eventually become a fiery tomb.
Investigators are working to identify remains believed to be Dorner's after Tuesday evening's gun battle and fire near Big Bear, California.
The dramatic end unfolded after reports two maids stumbled upon Dorner hiding inside a nearby cabin. Authorities say Dorner tied the women up and stole their vehicle.
Fish and Wildlife wardens spotted the stolen car and chased Dorner, who crashed and ran into the woods.
That's when Rick Heltbrake said he came upon Dorner, who carjacked his vehicle.
"He pointed a gun at me, a big, long assault type riffle," Heltbrake said. "I stopped my truck, put it in park, raised my hands up." Dorner didn't get far, barricading himself inside the cabin and opening fire on responding officers, killing one and injuring another.
The 33-year old ex-cop has been on the run since Super Bowl Sunday, when police say he killed two people in Irvine, California.
Days later Dorner opened fire on officers at a traffic light, killing one of them.
Police then discovered the chilling motives for the murders in a Facebook manifesto posted by Dorner, who wanted to get revenge on fellow law enforcement officers for his 2009 firing from the LAPD.