A California television reporter found himself in the middle of a shootout while covering the tense standoff between San Bernadino police and fugitive ex-LA cop Christopher Dorner outside a mountain cabin.
CBS2/KCAL9 correspondent Carter Evans was reporting on the breaking news by cell phone when gunfire broke out. As Evans froze, a voice could be heard in the background telling him to "get out of here."
"We got authorities yelling at us to get out of here, but we don’t know where to go, frankly to tell you the truth," Evans told anchor Sandra Mitchell.….
"Uh, I see authorities, I’m going to have to speak quieter now, I have you on the speaker phone," the newsman continued. "I see authorities honing in on an area on a cabin that is about 200 feet ahead of us right now. I see a lot of these authorities moving to take cover themselves."
Bursts of gunfire then punctuated the dramatic broadcast.
"I hear some screaming, you heard all that gunfire," Evans said. "I see a team of sheriff’s deputies in full-on fatigues with weapons drawn running toward us right now. We are down on the ground behind the wheels of our car right now and the door is open, I am talking to you on the speaker phone. We are right, right in the center of the action here, we are right where this is happening."
The authorities were apparently trying to get Evans away from the scene.
"We’re trying to, we’re not moving from our vehicle, because this is a very fluid situation," he said. "We’re staying here, we don’t want to get caught in the crossfire ourselves."
A voice could be heard ordering Evans to "Come here!"
"Me?" Evans replied
More gunfire could be heard, and then the police officer became more emphatic with his warning to Evans.
"Hey! Get the f— out of here now!"