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Sheriff: Alleged Cop Killer Christopher Dorner Died from Gunshot to the Head

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Appears to be self-inflicted

This image provided by the Irvine Police Department shows Christopher Dorner from surveillance video at an Orange County, Calif., hotel. More than 100 officers, including SWAT teams, were driven in glass-enclosed snow machines and armored personnel carriers in Big Bear Lake to hunt for this former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage to get back at those he blamed for ending his police career. Credit: AP

This image provided by the Irvine Police Department shows Christopher Dorner from surveillance video at an Orange County, Calif., hotel. (Photo: AP/Irvine Police Department)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say fugitive former cop Christopher Dorner died of a single gunshot wound to the head as authorities were pumping tear gas into a mountain cabin during a deadly gun battle with sheriff's deputies.

San Bernardino County sheriff's Capt. Sheriff John McMahon told reporters Friday that it appears the wound was self-inflicted.

Deputies said they heard one final gunshot from the cabin as it was going up in flames during Tuesday's gunbattle.

Before he died, Dorner killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another during a fierce shootout.

Authorities initially were unsure whether Dorner killed himself, had been struck by a deputy's bullet or had died in a fire that engulfed the cabin during the shootout.

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