Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the standoff started after San Bernardino County authorities got a call reporting a stolen vehicle just after 12:20 p.m. in the 1200 block of Club View Drive, which is near Big Bear Mountain Golf Course.
The caller said the thief looked like Dorner, the fired LAPD officer already suspected of killing three people and threatening to kill other police officers and their families.
Deputies spotted the vehicle at Highway 38 and Glass Road, and the man fled into the forest.
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Smith told reporters at 3 p.m. that LAPD officers were waiting at San Bernardino International Airport in case they were needed by the Sheriff's Department in San Bernardino, which was in command of the scene.
Smith, as other authorities have done, asked reporters to stop broadcasting details of officer movements live on the air or on social media.
Police assume Dorner is watching television or monitoring other news, so Smith would not say what kind of units the LAPD sent.
“Everyone is hopeful that this thing ends without any further bloodshed,”