BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — All that was left were footprints leading away from Christopher Dorner’s burned-out pickup truck, and an enormous, snow-covered mountain where he could be hiding among the skiers, cabins and dense woods.
More than 100 officers in glass-enclosed snow machines and armored personnel carriers sought the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage and vowing to go after those on the force who wronged him.
With bloodhounds in tow, officers went door to door as snow fell, aware to the reality that they could be walking into a trap set by the well-trained former Navy reservist who knows their tactics and strategies as well as they do.
“The bad guy is out there, he has a certain time on you, and a distance. How do you close that?” asked T. Gregory Hall, a retired tactical supervisor for a special emergency response team for the Pennsylvania State Police.