The vast majority of the US$1 million (NZ$1.2m) reward for ending the manhunt for Christopher Dorner will go to a couple who were tied up at gunpoint in their Big Bear cabin by the rogue ex-cop, Los Angeles police said.
The LAPD posted a document on its website in which a panel of three judges detailed the payouts for the much-sought reward.
They decided about US$800,000 will go to James and Karen Reynolds. Fifteen per cent would go to Daniel McGowan, who found Dorner’s burning truck in the Big Bear area where he eventually was discovered, and five per cent would go to tow-truck driver RL McDaniel, who spotted Dorner at a Corona gas station earlier in the manhunt and reported the sighting.
The US$1 million reward was announced by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during Dorner’s rampage in February.
Dorner had vowed warfare on Los Angeles Police Department officers and their families for what he called an unfair firing.
He killed four people, including two law enforcement officers, during his nearly one-week run from authorities that ended with his death on February 12.
Multiple parties came forward claiming they provided the key tip that ultimately led Dorner to hole up in a vacant mountain cabin where he apparently took his own life after a shootout with law enforcement officers.
During their ordeal, the Reynolds were held up at gunpoint and tied up before Dorner stole their purple Nissan SUV to escape.
After escaping her constraints, Karen called authorities, identified Dorner, gave the location of the cabin and the Nissan’s description.
Less than half an hour later Dorner was spotted by Fish and Wildlife wardens and a chase ensued.