A charred body was found in the burned-out mountain cabin raided by police in California in the hunt for former policeman Christopher Dorner, U.S. law enforcement authorities said Wednesday.
The body has not been identified and would be sent for forensic tests, San Bernardino Sheriff's Office said according to CNN.
Dorner was thought to be the man who exchanged fire with officers at the cabin, killing one and injuring another. Hours later it caught fire when police raided it and set off smoke devices.
"We know someone is in the house and we believe it is Christopher Dorner," Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for sheriff's office, said earlier.
Dorner had gone on the run last week after shooting dead three people including a policeman.
Authorities said he was carrying out a revenge campaign for what he believes was his unfair dismissal from the Los Angeles Police Department after reporting a colleague for use of excessive force.
Police said the smouldering wreckage of the cabin would be too hot to search for hours, but were confident enough that it had killed the suspect to scale back the high alert that had seen the southern California mountain roads swarming with police.
Tuesday's drama played out on live television as news helicopters flew over the flaming cabin near the town of Big Bear, where search efforts for Dorner have been focused.
It began when officers from the California Fish and Game Department spotted a man they believed to be Dorner driving toward them in San Bernardino National Forest.
They lost him, but he was spotted later in a white pickup truck, when he fired at officers.
The officers returned fire, after which the suspect abandoned the vehicle and hid in the cabin.
Police rushed to the scene and surrounded the cabin. A SWAT team reportedly fired tear gas into the cabin and used a heavy vehicle to rip down the cabin's walls.
Earlier reports said officers heard a single shot from inside the cabin, before it erupted in flames.
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