VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE DORNER SEARCH
A couple tied up by Christopher Dorner in their condo just before his final shootout with sheriff's deputies last month are seeking the $1.2 million reward offered for Dorner's capture.
Karen and Jim Reynolds' claim competes with one already filed by a man carjacked by Dorner the same day. And it remains unclear how and when the government agencies and private donors who put up reward money will decide who -- if anyone -- gets it.
After the Reynoldses found ex-
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VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE MANHUNT FOR CHRISTOPHER DORNER
A camp ranger carjacked by Christopher Dorner and who called 911 is seeking the entire $1.2-million reward offered for the now-deceased ex-L.A. police officer who killed four people before taking his own life in a Big Bear-area cabin.
Through a law firm, Rick Heltebrake has filed a claim to collect the reward offered by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and funded by various entities. It was not long after Heltebrake called 911 that
Heltebrake, a full-time ranger at Boy Scouts-owned
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said today the department's review of Christopher Dorner's firing could take several months, but he vowed that the case would be looked at fairly and stressed that ``we have to remember the victims'' of the man accused of killing four people.
``I think it's really important that we put this in perspective,'' Beck said at a news conference at LAPD headquarters. ``And even though much of this is about the discussion of Christopher Dorner, we have to remember the victims.''
The charred remains of Dorner, 33, were found inside a burned-out Big Bear cabin after a shootout with law enforcement Feb. 12.
During the exchange of gunfire,
Authorities said Dorner's killing spree began Feb. 3, when the former Navy Reserve lieutenant allegedly gunned down the daughter and future son-in- law of an ex-LAPD captain who represented him at a hearing that resulted in his dismissal from the LAPD.
The bodies of 28-year-old Cal State Fullerton assistant women's basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance, 27-year-old USC public safety Officer Keith Lawrence, were found in
``Monica Quan, daughter of a close friend of mine, LAPD Capt. Randy Quan; Monica went to school with my kids in Walnut; a wonderful young lady,'' Beck said. ``Keith Lawrence ... (his) life (was) just beginning.''
The day after Quan and Lawrence were killed, Dorner allegedly posted a 6,000-word manifesto online, vowing to kill named LAPD officers and their families. About 50
On Feb. 7, Dorner was allegedly involved in a shootout with
Beck said Gerald Chaleff, special assistant for constitutional policing, has been reviewing Dorner's termination, a process that could take several months.
``If there's new evidence, we'll look at it,'' Beck said, adding, ``You have to be true to the Constitution of the
Beck also said a review would be made of who would receive the $1 million in reward money that was offered during the manhunt for Dorner.
Among those placed under around-the-clock protection by police during the search for Dorner were LAPD Capt. Phil Tingirides and his wife, LAPD Sgt. Emada Tingirides, who both accompanied Beck at the news conference.
``At the time we felt very vulnerable (the officers) were there,'' Phil Tingirides said.
The Tingirides family lives in
Phil Tingirides was the chair of the LAPD Board of Rights that recommended that Dorner be fired. He said he had been on a number of such review boards, but ``never, ever, did I think that somebody would go to this extent in their rage ...''
Beck noted there were indications that Dorner had conducted surveillance on some of his victims' homes.
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The manhunt for Christopher Dorner ended Feb. 12 with a deadly shootout and standoff in the Big Bear area
Deputies said they heard one final gunshot from the cabin as it was going up in flames during Tuesday's gunbattle.
Before he died, Dorner killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another during a fierce shootout.
Authorities initially were unsure whether Dorner killed himself, had been struck by a deputy's bullet or had died in a fire that engulfed the cabin during the shootout.
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Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the
Miller did not give a cause of death.
The search for Dorner began last week after authorities said he had launched a deadly revenge campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing, warning that he would bring ``warfare'' to LAPD officers and their families.
The manhunt brought police to
Five days later, but just a stone's throw from a command post authorities had set up in the massive manhunt, Karen and Jim Reynolds said they came face to face with Dorner inside their cabin-style condo.
The couple said Dorner bound them and put pillowcases on their heads. At one point, he explained that he had been there for days.
``He said `I don't have a problem with you, so I'm not going to hurt you,''' Jim Reynolds said. ``I didn't believe him; I thought he was going to kill us.''
Police have not commented on the Reynolds' account, but it renews questions about the thoroughness of a search for a man who authorities declared was armed and extremely dangerous as they hunted him across the Southwest and
``They said they went door-to-door but then he's right there under their noses. Makes you wonder if the police even knew what they were doing,'' resident Shannon Schroepfer said. ``He was probably sitting there laughing at them the whole time.''
The notion of him holed up just across the street from the command post was shocking to many, but not totally surprising to some experts familiar with the complications of such a manhunt.
``Chilling. That's the only word I could use for that,'' said Ed Tatosian, a retired SWAT commander for the Sacramento Police Department. ``It's not an unfathomable oversight. We're human. It happens. It's chilling (that) it does happen.''
Law enforcement officers, who had gathered outside daily for briefings, were stunned by the revelation. One official later looking on Google Earth exclaimed that he'd parked right across the street from the Reynolds' cabin each day.
The Reynolds said Dorner was upstairs in the rental unit Tuesday when they arrived to ready it for vacationers. Dorner, who at the time was being sought for three killings, confronted the Reynolds with a drawn gun, ``jumped out and hollered `stay calm,''' Jim Reynolds said during a Wednesday night news conference.
His wife screamed and ran downstairs but Dorner caught her, Reynolds said. The couple said they were taken to a bedroom where he ordered them to lie on a bed and then on the floor. Dorner bound their arms and legs with plastic ties, gagged them with towels and covered their heads with pillowcases.
``I really thought it could be the end,'' Karen Reynolds said.
The couple believes Dorner had been staying in the cabin at least since Feb. 8, the day after his burned truck was found nearby. Dorner told them he had been watching them by day from inside the cabin as they did work outside. The couple, who live nearby, only entered the unit Tuesday. ``He said we are very hard workers,'' Karen Reynolds said.
After he fled in their purple Nissan Rogue, she managed to call 911 from a cellphone on the coffee table. Police said Dorner later killed a fourth person, a sheriff's deputy, during a standoff, and died inside the burning cabin where he took cover during a blazing shootout.
While authorities have not corroborated the couple's account, it matched early reports from law enforcement officials that a couple had been tied up and their car stolen by a man resembling Dorner. Property records showed the Reynolds as the condo's owners.
During the search, heavily armed deputies went door to door to search roughly 600 cabins for forced entry. Many of the cabins were boarded-up summer homes.
Authorities said officers looked for signs that someone had forcibly entered the buildings, or that heat was on inside in a cabin that otherwise looked uninhabited.
Helicopters had landed SWAT officers in a lot near the Reynolds' condo, and through the weekend they stood in plain view from the cabin, gearing up in helmets, bulletproof vests, with assault weapons at the ready.
According to the Reynolds, the cabin had cable TV, and a second-story view that would have allowed him to see choppers flying in and out.
Timothy Clemente, a retired FBI SWAT team leader who was part of the search for Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph, said searchers had to work methodically. When there's a hot pursuit, they can run after a suspect into a building. But in a manhunt, the search has to slow down. ``You can't just kick in every door,'' he said. Police have to have a reason to enter a building.
Officers would have been approaching each cabin, rock and tree with the prospect that Dorner was behind and waiting with a weapon that could penetrate bulletproof vests. In his manifesto posted online, Dorner, a former Navy reservist, said he had no fear of losing his life and would wage ``unconventional and asymmetrical warfare'' and warned officers ``you will now live the life of the prey.''
Even peering through windows can be difficult because officers have to remove a hand from their weapons to shade their eyes. Experts said it is likely officers may have used binoculars to help examine homes from a distance, especially when dealing with a man who had already killed three people, including a police officer.
In many cases, officers didn't even knock on the doors, according to searchers and residents.
``If Chris Dorner's on the other side of the door, what would the response be?'' Clemente said. ``A .50 caliber round or .223 round straight through that door.''
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LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck today issued the following statement about the $1 million reward posted in the Christopher Dorner case:
“Now that the search for Christopher Dorner appears to have concluded, we are addressing the issue of the $1 million reward. More than 20 jurisdictions and entities are involved in this reward, so all of them will be coming together to collectively determine whether any individual or individuals qualify for it. Our personal hope is that the reward will be distributed, but we must follow the rules and respect the procedures of each entity.”
The case against Dorner began in
Prosecutors signed an arrest warrant for Dorner on Feb. 6. The criminal complaint was finalized -- but not filed -- last Friday.
After the slayings of Quan and Lawrence, Dorner allegedly posted a 6,000- word diatribe online, vowing to kill named Los Angeles Police Department officers and their families. About 50 LAPD officers and their families were protected during the manhunt that ensued, authorities said.
Last Thursday, Dorner was allegedly involved in a shootout with
State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers began chasing Dorner when they spotted the stolen vehicle along Highway 38, authorities said. The suspect abandoned the vehicle when he crashed and carjacked a man's silver pickup truck.
The suspect eventually holed up in a cabin on
Investigators were still working to identify whether the charred remains in the cabin, which burned down after authorities fired tear gas canisters in it, were Dorner's.
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The mother of fired Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner, who is believed to have died inside a Big Bear cabin that burned to the ground after a gun battle with law enforcement, expressed ``deepest sympathies'' today to the families of people her son is suspected of killing.
In a statement released to Fox11 on behalf of the family, Nancy Dorner also asked for privacy.
``It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we express our deepest sympathies and condolences to anyone that suffered losses or injuries resulting from Christopher's actions,'' Nancy Dorner told Channel 11. ``We do not condone Christopher's actions. The family has no further comment and asks that our privacy be respected during this difficult time.''
Nancy Dorner's home in
Christopher Dorner, 33, is suspected of killing two people in
The cabin in which Dorner was allegedly holed up burned to the ground when tear gas canisters were fired inside after the gun battle.
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