Karen and Jim Reynolds entered their Big Bear condo late Tuesday morning to find fugitive Christopher Dorner inside.
Los Angeles police say three parties will split the $1 million reward offered during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, with most of it going to a couple tied up by the rogue ex-cop before his final shootout with authorities.
The LAPD posted a document on its website Tuesday explaining the payout process, saying, 80 percent of it will go to the couple, James and Karen Reynolds, 15 percent to a man who found Dorner's burning truck in the Big Bear area where he was eventually discovered, and 5 percent to a tow-truck driver who spotted Dorner at a Corona gas station earlier in the manhunt.
The panel of three retired judges explained their criteria for determining the reward recipients, which included whether the parties contacted law enforcement and whether the information they provided actually resulted in progress in the case and led to Dorner's capture.
In a footnote, the panel explained that although the language used in the reward suggested that it would be given out based on Dorner's successful capture and conviction, they would interpret his 'capture' to be the moment when he was surrounded by police in a Big Bear cabin:
Although the reward was based on information that led to the arrest and conviction of Dorner, for purposes of the Procedures adopted for the Panel, there is no requirement that a conviction have resulted, which of course would be impossible in view of the fact that Dorner is dead... [T]he Panel deems that Dorner was constructively arrested or captured when law enforcement surrounded the cabin on the afternoon of February 12, 2013. There was no escape.
Several organizations who originally pledged to contribute to the reward money — including the city of Riverside and the Peace Officers Research Association of California — pulled their contributions when Dorner was killed, not convicted.
In all, 12 parties filed claims to the reward. The first installment of the reward payment will occur by Friday, May 10.
Read the panel's memo on its decision: