Live media coverage of the dramatic final moments Tuesday of a shootout between police and a suspected Los Angeles cop killer looked like a scene from a movie. And news outlets couldn't wait to deliver the cinematic ending.
Citing "sources," news outlets including CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC News, and local Los Angeles stations reported that a body believed to be that of Christopher Dorner had been found in a burned-out cabin in the San Bernadino mountains, the Huffington Post writes.
Soon after that news broke, Cmdr. Andrew Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department refuted the claims, saying no body had been recovered from the cabin because the wreckage was still too hot for investigators to enter.
Even after news outlets carried the update, the confusion continued. CNN's Anderson Cooper tweeted: "Despite LAPD's statement, multiple law enforcement sources continue to tell CNN authorities believe Christopher Dorner is dead inside cabin."
News reports today say that police are working to identify whether the charred remains of a body found in the burned down cabin belonged to Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in four killings during a self-proclaimed war on his former department. Some outlets are reporting his wallet was found at the scene.
Via the Huffington Post and Twitter