Being quick to respond to the scene may give a reporter the edge on a story, but it can also be dangerous. CBS reporter Carter Evans found himself in a dangerous situation when he found himself reporting during a gun battle between police and a suspect believed to be fugitive Christopher Dorner in Big Bear, California yesterday. Evans called into KCAL-TV from the scene where bullets could be heard flying through the air and the agitated voices of police offers shouting orders.
“We are right in the center of the action here.” Carter said, and he wasn’t exaggerating. Evans was in a vehicle off of Highway 38 when he found himself surrounded by authorities telling him to leave the scene immediately. A cop shouted at him “Hey, get the f—ck out of here, pal.” to which Evans replied honestly “we don’t know where to go.”
Trying to stay out of danger, Evans said “We're staying here; we don't want to get caught in the crossfire ourselves.” Anchor Sandra Mitchell attempted to get back in touch with Evans after more gunfire and shouting was heard over the call but she got no response beyond the sound of someone shouting “Down! Keep it down!” in the background.
After a few worrisome hours, Evans called the station again to report that he was located about 100 yards away from the cabin where the suspect was hiding. “It was like being in a war zone,” said Evans of the gunfire. "We did not know what we were rolling up on. We just knew we were following some of the search team, and we jumped out of our vehicles to get down.”
Evans also reported seeing within 20 feet of him a rifle, ammunition, an assault weapon, clips and a bullet proof vest that belonged to one of the sheriff’s deputies that was wounded in the fight.
Talk about a stressful day at work.