CBS reporter caught near gun battle with ex-cop

A CBS News reporter found himself caught in the middle of a dangerous situation while reporting on the a gun battle between police and fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner in Big Bear, Calif., Tuesday.

CBS News reporter Carter Evans at scene of gun battle near Big Bear, Calif. CBS

The bullets could be heard flying through the air when Carter Evans, a Los Angeles-based CBS News reporter called into KCAL-TV.

"We are right in the center of the action here," Carter said, as the scene unfolded live on TV.

Evans was in a civilian vehicle off of Highway 38 when authorities began shouting at people to leave the scene. One cop shouted, "Hey, get the f**k out of here, pal."

Evans told KCAL "we don't know where to go."

"We're staying here, we don't want to get caught in the crossfire ourselves," he said.

After some more gunfire and shouting, anchor Sandra Mitchell said she was trying to check back in with Evans. "Carter, are you there?" she asked. Evans did not respond, but unidentified voices could be heard in the background, "Down! Keep it down!"

Evans is okay and unharmed. A couple of hours later, he called in again to say he was about 100 yards away from the cabin Dorner was hiding in. "It was like being in a war zone," he said 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 said.

Evans added that 20 feet ahead of his location he could see a rifle on the ground, ammunition, an assault weapon, clips and a bullet proof vest from one of the two sheriff's deputies who were wounded in the fight.