Criminal Justice

Who gets $1.2M reward for capture of former LAPD officer sought in slayings?

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A switch from one stolen vehicle to another could be key in a battle for $1.2 million in reward money for the capture of a former Los Angeles Police Department officer thought to have been involved in several slayings.

Suspect Christopher Dorner at first invaded the cabin of Karen and Kim Reynolds on Feb. 12, tied them up and stole their Nissan, reports the L.A. Now page of the Los Angeles Times.

But although Fish and Wildlife officers searching for the couple’s car after they tipped authorities did engage in a gun battle with Dorner, the suspect then crashed and abandoned their Nissan. He went on to carjack a truck at gunpoint from Rick Heltebrake, who called a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy on a personal cellphone, the newspaper recounts.

Spotted again, Dorner was chased by sheriff’s deputies to a cabin at which another gun battle ensued, until the building went up in a fiery blaze. Authorities said Dorner died at the scene.

Police agencies involved in the case are expected to meet next month to review evidence and reach a consensus about who, if anyone, is entitled to share in $1 million of the record-breaking reward fund, according to the Associated Press.

It is unclear what process will apply to the additional $200,000 offered by the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Additional coverage: “Record $1M reward in manhunt for fired LAPD officer; city will reinvestigate his job termination” “Reports: Driver’s license of fugitive ex-cop accused in slayings is found with body in burned cabin”

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