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Killer LA Cop: Fight Breaks Out Over Reward
An unseemly squabble has broken out over who should get the $1.2m (£790,000) reward for killer LA cop Christopher Dorner.
A couple tied up in their holiday home by the fugitive and a camp caretaker he carjacked shortly after have laid claim to the prize, but they may not be alone.
Both parties say they provided the key tip that helped police track down Dorner.
The rogue former LAPD officer took his own life after a shootout with police at a remote California mountain cabin in February.
By then he had killed four people, including two police officers, during his rampage across southern California.
"Everybody's coming out of the woodwork on this one," said Los Angeles police Lieutenant Andy Neiman.
"These people are being very public about it because they know Dorner can't come after them," he added.
Officials are waiting on a handful of law enforcement agencies to determine who was responsible for the capture.
Karen and Jim Reynolds, who were briefly bound up by Dorner in the Big Bear Lake cabin where he hid for days, contend that their 911 call led to the murder suspect being cornered last month.
Their lawyer Kirk Hallam wrote to LA County officials earlier this month that "no one else is entitled to a share of the reward".
The Reynolds family disputes a claim filed by Rick Heltebrake, a Boy Scout camp ranger whose car was stolen by Dorner shortly before the final confrontation.
There is "indisputable evidence," Mr Hallam wrote, that Mr Heltebrake "did not in any way, shape or form contribute to the capture of Christopher Dorner".
Mr Heltebrake's lawyer claimed in a letter that he notified authorities of the rogue cop's location, provided a description of the vehicle he was fleeing in, and "was a substantial factor in the capture of Mr Dorner at the cabin location".
But it might not just be a two-way battle, with no lack of other people to claim credit.
They include the man at a petrol station who waved down officers after spotting Dorner hours after authorities named him as an armed and dangerous fugitive.
There was also the San Diego sailor who Dorner tied up when he tried to steal his yacht.
The Los Angeles mayor and police chief hope to wrap up the arguments and settle the rewards by mid-April.
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Money Money Money is that all they can think off.......... The money should go to the family's of the people he killed.....I know money will never replace their loved ones but it will help with the financial burden they may face.
Hmmmm squabble about money after nearly being killed by a crazed maniac,Go heal yourselves first you stupid greedy people....agree with the post above,should go to the family's of the dead victims