If, however, those accounts are correct, the LAPD's war on Dorner is a red flag for everyone.
They, as evidenced by the fusilade unleashed against two women delivering papers, had decided they were judge, jury, and executioner, and operated in contemptuous violation of the Constitution. (The newspaper ladies weren't even shooting at them).
I'm a fan of the Constitution, not Dorner, and not the LAPD, either.
However, if there was widespread corruption in the department, I'd expect a mob-style hit order to 'just kill the m-f-er', because no one involved would want to take a chance that the lid would be peeled back during testimony in court.
As for the cabin, severely damage a predominantly wood structure and fire pyrotechnic tear gas rounds into the pile, and you can reasonably expect it will catch fire.
"Not knowing" it would cause a fire was the excuse used at Waco, too, after poking flue holes in the building and pumping the it full of CS powder carried in methylene chloride (a flammable liquid used in carburetor cleaner).
When those sworn to uphold the law are so willing to operate in contempt of it, no matter who they are, we should all be concerned.
Familiarity breeds contempt.
Aside from the freaky nature of them just shooting at totally unrelated people's like women and a skinny white guy, there didn't seem to be one wit of concern that seeing two figures in a vehicle indicated an innocent hostage, even if it was the 270 pound giant.