Big Bear Gunfight Caught on Camera by Reporter

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Feb. 13 2013 1:08 PM

Big Bear Gunfight Caught on Camera by Reporter: "It Was Like Being in a War Zone"

Here's the rather terrifying video of yesterday's firefight between police and a man they believe was Chris Dorner, the ex-cop turned alleged cop killer. For those of you who followed the live coverage, some of the audio will sound familiar, as it was played repeatedly throughout the evening as the standoff unfolded in California. But this is the first time we're seeing the video:

The reporter who filmed the exchange of fire, CBS News' Carter Evans, told the network that he stumbled onto the scene after following some of the search team. After bullets started to fly, he stayed put (with the camera rolling), out of fear that if he did anything else he'd get caught in the crossfire. "It was like being in a war zone," Evans later explained on-air.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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