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Man’s charred remains found after shootout

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators found human remains believed to be those of James Beck on Saturday in the burnt shell of the home where the one-time police officer barricaded himself during a deadly gun battle.

The remains were lying on top of an assault rifle. A second rifle was within reach, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Deeley.

Beck is believed to have killed 40-year-old Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Hagop "Jake" Kuredjian during a dramatic siege Friday.

The human remains were found six hours after investigators began to search through the rubble. They also retrieved more weapons and a charred police badge.

Beck, 35, allegedly fired 150 rounds at federal officers and sheriff's officials who tried to serve a search warrant at his home in this affluent city 22 miles north of Los Angeles. Authorities obtained the warrant after a neighbor called the U.S. Marshals Service to report suspicions that Beck was stockpiling weapons and falsely claiming to be a U.S. marshal.