BIG BEAR (CBSLA.com) — Two San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies have been shot while pursuing a carjacking and home-invasion suspect in the Angelus Oaks area of Big Bear.
A law enforcement source confirms to the Associated Press that the assailant is triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner.
Dorner, who has military training, is said to be heavily armed in engaging in gunfire with authorities. Repeated gunshots could be heard on Glass Road west of 7 Oaks just after 1:30 p.m. Officials have requested an armored vehicle to help remove several injured deputies from the scene. A SWAT team was also called in to set up a perimeter of the area. KCAL9′s Carter Evans, who was reporting nearby, is safe despite loud gunfire that could be heard during his live report.
The earlier incident at a home in the 1200 block of Club View Road, which is located near Highway 38 and Glass Road, was reported around 12:20 p.m. The suspect reportedly tied up a couple and stole their 2008 four-door, white Dodge 4X4 truck, which is registered to nearby Camp Tahquitz. One of the victims was able to escape and alert authorities.
The San Bernardino Police Department also sent a 12-man tactical team to the scene.
The suspect was reportedly heading south on Highway 38, which was shut down while authorities worked to create a choke point.
Officials have recovered a rifle and possibly a can of gas.
A helicopter was also responding to the scene.
Bear Valley Unified School District confirms all four of its schools have been locked down.