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Feb 8, 2013 7:34 PM by The Associated Press

Search for suspected killer puts Big Bear on edge

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) - With the possibility of a killer lurking in their midst, people in the mountain resort town of Big Bear Lake say they're locking themselves in their homes and keeping their guns handy.

As police searched the rugged area 90 miles east of Los Angeles on Friday, local resident Dennis Pitner said most folks he knows are planning on staying inside for the next few days.

Others have firearms nearby.

Authorities believe disgruntled ex-police officer Christopher Dorner fled to the rugged area after killing three people. They found his burned-out truck there this week.

Simeon Prophet of Big Bear Lake says she learned firsthand just how serious the search is when she dropped in on a neighbor Thursday night.

Prophet says she was confronted by three SWAT team officers.

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