Sadly, it appears that this needless spree of violence ended just as many of them tend to: with the assailant, having been backed into a corner by authorities, turning his weapon onto himself.
The country watched in despair and horror as Ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner went on a weeks-long rampage across three counties in California that ultimately resulted in the deaths of four individuals, two hostages trapped in a cabin on Big Bear Lake, and a shoot-out that erupted into flames.
While San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon relayed to the press earlier this week that the vengeance-fueled murderer was, in fact, the body pulled from the blaze, there has been mountains of speculation as to whether or not it was this, or shots fired from authorities, that took his life, and now, we know that it was most likely neither.
We suppose that even after all of the madness, he was still determined to go out on his own terms.
And while we're sure that this isn't the last we've heard from such an unbelievable tragedy, as the hacker group Anonymous seems intent to bring any shady dealings on the part of authorities to light, we're at least relieved to know that at least this chapter of such a harrowing, unnecessary and chaotic series of violent events has closed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the lives lost and the families and loved ones left behind.
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