LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday that three parties will split the $1 million reward offered during the manhunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner.
In a document posted online, the department said a three-judge panel decided 80 percent of the money ($800,000) will go to Jim and Karen Reynolds, the couple who managed to call 911 after they were tied up by Dorner at their Big Bear condo.
Fifteen percent of the reward ($150,000) will go to ski resort employee Daniel McGowan, who found Dorner’s burned-out pickup truck on the side of a remote Big Bear Lake road.
“He found the truck, which initiated the manhunt in Big Bear. Before that they were looking in Mexico, in Las Vegas, in Utah. This was pure evidence that this was Dorner and he was on foot,” said McGowan’s attorney, Daniel Romey.
Lastly, 5 percent ($50,000) will go to R. Lee McDaniel, a tow truck driver who spotted Dorner at an AM/PM in Corona Feb. 7. McDaniel’s sighting led to two shootouts between law enforcement and Dorner.
Nine others who applied for the reward were respectfully denied, including Rick Heltebrake, the camp ranger carjacked by Dorner after the fugitive fled the Reynolds’ cabin.
The panel said Heltebrake’s information came after officers were already engaged with Dorner.
Dorner killed four people, including two cops, during a vengeful rampage before he committed suicide Feb. 12 in a standoff with officers.