Chris Dorner cause of death: Gunshot to head

February 15, 2013 4:43:00 PM PST
An autopsy performed on Chris Dorner revealed the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to his head, which appeared self-inflicted, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon announced Friday.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department gave updates on the case at 4 p.m. press conference.

Thursday, the charred remains found in a burned out mountain cabin in Angelus Oaks were positively identified as Dorner. Authorities say a dental examination verified the results.

Officials had reported Dorner's drivers license and other personal belongings were found inside the cabin but the remains were not confirmed to be Dorner's until a dental examination was completed.

The positive identification prompted the LAPD to finally remove the security details that had been assigned to the people named by Dorner in his online manifesto.

While Dorner's death may bring some closure to the horrific ordeal many in the law enforcement family have had to deal with, officials say the effect his rampage has had in the community will be felt for a long time.

Officials say it may take time for those traumatized to get back to normal.

"What really bothers so many people is that an individual becomes a member of law enforcement, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, and takes that oath to protect and to serve, and betrays the people that have entrusted their safety in him, that is crossing the line that people don't cross," said Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine.

The identity of the Riverside police officer injured in an alleged shooting with Dorner on Feb. 7 was also released Thursday. The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Andrew Tachias, a UC Riverside graduate who joined the Riverside Police Department two months before the confrontation with Dorner.

Tachius's partner, Michael Crain was killed in the shooting. He was laid to rest earlier this week.

This incident wasn't the first time Tachius has witnessed a partner come under fire. Just five months ago, while working with Inglewood Police Department, Tachius saw his partner get shot by a suspect during a traffic stop. His partner survived. Tachius was not injured.

It's a different scenario now. Tachius is still in the hospital, recovering from several gunshots to his arms and shoulders. He remains in stable condition.

At the news conference Friday, authorities are set to announce service arrangements for San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremiah MacKay, who was killed in a shootout with Dorner.

Eyewitness News has also learned that there will be a joint service for Monica Quan and her fiancé Keith Lawrence on Feb. 24. The two were found dead in a car in Irvine on Feb. 3. Quan was the daughter of a retired LAPD captain who represented Dorner during the disciplinary hearing that ended his career.

The service will be held at Concordia University's gymnasium. Sources anticipate the service will be held in the afternoon. No confirmed time has been released.