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The command post at the Magnolia Avenue overpass of the 15 Freeway in Corona. Three officers were shot Thursday -- one in Corona and two in Riverside -- by a gunman believed to be Christopher Jordan Dorner, the former Los Angeles Police Department officer wanted in the slayings of a college basketball coach and her fiance in Irvine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Riverside police investigate the scene where two fellow officers were shot, one fatally, early Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Police investigators look at the LAPD car where an officer was wounded on Magnolia Avenue in Corona. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called the situation "extremely worrisome and scary."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Police investigators work around a blue pickup truck riddled with bullets in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in Torrance after a police protection team fired on it.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

A distraught woman who identified herself as the mother of the driver of a vehicle fired on by police Thursday morning talks on a cellphone near the scene. The vehicle resembled the pickup truck owned by suspect Christopher Dorner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Photos of shooting suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner are set out for a news conference.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

An FBI agent checks vehicles as they leave the Big Bear ski resort on Club View Drive. The resort was closed after Christopher Dorner was believed to be in the area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies check houses Thursday along Sylvanglen Avenue for shooting suspect Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

SWAT team members move toward a home on Club View Drive in Big Bear Lake as the manhunt continues for Christopher Jordan Dorner. A truck believed to be his was found burning in a remote area near a ski resort, authorities said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy searches for shooting suspect Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

A SWAT team searching for suspect Christopher Dorner enters a home on Club View Drive in Big Bear.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy checks houses Thursday along Sylvanglen Avenue for shooting suspect Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Law enforcement officials find a burned-out truck that police believe shooting suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner used to leave the scene of a killing in Riverside. The truck was found on a forestry road near the Bear Mountain ski area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Police officers check a house in Big Bear Lake for shooting suspect Christopher Dorner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

A police officer checks the cab of a truck along Switzerland Avenue in Big Bear Lake for shooting suspect Christopher Dorner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Riverside residents hold candles during a vigil at City Hall for the slain and wounded Riverside police officers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies trudge through snowfall near Switzerland Drive as they continue to look for shooting suspect Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

SWAT officers search cars along Highway 38 leading to Angeles Oaks, hoping to prevent the escape of suspected killer Christopher Dorner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Investigators work the scene at Mountain Vista Resort, where fugitive killing suspect Christopher Dorner allegedly hid before taking two cleaning women hostage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

In a sign of normalcy in Angelus Oaks, children wait for the school bus at the closure of Highway 38, about six miles from a shootout allegedly involving fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Travis Geiger, 11, gives the Cub Scout salute as the funeral procession for Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain passes by.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Riverside police officers salute as the casket of slain Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain is carried to a memorial service at Riverside National Cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Cindy Crain puts her face on the casket of her son, Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, after a memorial service at Riverside National Cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Investigators comb through the charred cabin where fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner was believed to have been holed up after allegedly trading gunfire with officers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

A man wearing a T-shirt in memory of fallen Riverside Officer Michael Crain hugs San Bernardino County deputies at a roadblock near Angelus Oaks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Deputies look at an area where another weapon was found in the snow off Glass Road, near the spot where authorities said Christopher Dorner crashed a getaway car in Angelus Oaks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A ceramic angel stands watch over the charred debris at the cabin on Seven Oaks Road in Angelus Oaks where murder suspect and former cop Christopher Dorner died after a shootout with law enforcement.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Media and neighbors take pictures of the charred debris at the cabin on Seven Oaks Road in Angelus Oaks where murder suspect and former cop Christopher Dorner died after a shootout with law enforcement.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Evidence tags are posted in the charred debris at the cabin on Seven Oaks Road in Angelus Oaks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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The call came at 4:15 a.m. Thursday. Irfan Khan was the first of 15 L.A. Times photographers to cover Christopher Dorner’s alleged shooting rampage that ended at a burned-out cabin near Big Bear. Photographers swarmed Southern California: the Torrance newspaper-carrier shooting, the possible siting at the navy base in San Diego, the burning truck in Big Bear.

Through the days-long manhunt, 20 L.A. Times photographers covered the story. Round-the-clock coverage, including overnight shifts in L.A. and Big Bear became the norm as the story grew.

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