Audio Tapes Of Police Raise Questions In Christopher Dorner Case

11:45 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) --- Audio recordings of police communications between officers assigned to capture rogue former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner has led some to believe they deliberately burned down the cabin in which Dorner had taken refuge near Big Bear Lake, California Tuesday afternoon.

In one recording a voice is heard exclaiming, "Burn the God (expletive) Down!"

Later another voice says on the police recording, "Seven burners deployed and we have a fire."

Social media became a platform for those who believed the recordings showed a deliberate plan to burn the home to the ground.

San Bernadino County Sheriff John McMahon said Wednesday evening that, " It was not on purpose. We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out."

WUSA9 listened to the audio recordings with former Montgomery County Police SWAT team leader Captain Ed Clarke, who does not believe the burning was deliberate.

"That shows me that there was a prior discussion and there was pre-raid planning that they would inject tear gas," he said of the recordings. 

Burners is a term used by some police officials to describe a type of tear gas cannister that heats tear gas so it spreads more rapidly.

Sheriff McMahon said Wednesday that his team first used so-called "cold" tear gas before moving to those more volatile "hot" tear gas cannisters known as burners.

Clarke listened to the tone of voice on the tape and described the officers as calm in control in most cases. He reminded WUSA9 that the use of tear gas followed failed attempts to talk Dorner out, even after he shot two deputies, killing one of them.

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