In scanner audio that was apparently broadcast by CBS affiliate KCAL in Los Angeles on Tuesday, officers can be heard yelling to “burn this mother f*cker” prior to a fire that swept through the cabin that was thought to be where fugitive and murder suspect Chris Dorner had holed himself up in.
The video, posted to Youtube on Tuesday, depicts the news anchor pausing to let viewers hear the mostly-inaudible scanner audio.
“Do it right now,” a voice can be heard saying. “F*cking burn this mother f*cker!”
“Police officers, understandably upset,” the anchor apologizes.
However, a separate audio of scanner traffic (which has not been verified) features officers talking about going forward “with the burn.”
“All right, Steve, we’re gonna go — we’re gonna go forward with the plan, with — with the burn,” another male voice on the recording says. “We want it like we talked about.”
“Seven burners deployed and we have a fire,” the voice later adds.
“Copy,” a female voice replies. “Seven burners deployed and we have a fire.”
“Guys, be ready on the number four side. We have fire in the front. He might come out the back,” a male voice says.
There is one type of incendiary tear gas canister call a “burner,” which can start fires when deployed.
A statement from San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Wednesday said that burnt human remains were indeed discovered in the Big Bear cabin where Dorner was thought to be holed up, but the body has yet to be identified.
“Investigators have located charred human remains within the debris of the burned out cabin,” McMahon said.
Dorner, who was a Los Angeles police officer from 2005 to 2008, is suspected in the murders of four people, including a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy, a Riverside police officer and the daughter of a former LAPD captain.
Watch the KCAL broadcast in the video below, where the officers comments can be overheard.
Below is the unverified scanner audio.