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Christopher Dorner

Carjack Victim Sues

For $1 Million Reward

4/29/2013 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The man who was carjacked by cop killer Christopher Dorner hours before he was cornered in a cabin ... is suing the city of L.A. for the $1 million reward it offered to the public, but then pulled back over a loophole ... TMZ has learned.

In the lawsuit, filed today in LA, Richard Heltebrake describes how Dorner pulled a gun on him on Feb. 12, took his truck and then used it during a shootout with law enforcement. Dorner eventually ditched the truck before fleeing to the cabin where he died.

Heltebrake says once he was free he used his cell phone to call the San Bernardino Co. Sheriff to report the carjacking and Dorner's location.

Heltebrake believes he's owed, and indeed filed for, a ton of reward money that was offered -- $1 million from the city of L.A., $100k from Riverside County, and $100k each from the cities of Riverside and Irvine.

Three of those rewards were for "information leading to the apprehension and capture" of Dorner. Another was for "identification and apprehension."

The language is important because Dorner was not apprehended or captured -- but instead police say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the burning cabin.

As TMZ first reported, L.A. officials were hesitant to pay up -- and in the suit, Heltebrake claims all the municipalities denied him any money.

Heltebrake wants at least $1 million -- as well as an order prohibiting anyone else from getting the reward money.

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31.

21stcent    

Did they take his burnt corpse afterwards? I call that possession and apprehension.

505 days ago
32.

Deborah    

Police agencies use slick wording in order to get out of paying rewards, but bottom line is this man told them where to find him! Pay the man!

505 days ago
33.

Waka Waka Waka    

Consider the mil a drop in the bucket considering the multi-millions of dollars it would have cost the city if this actually went to trial

505 days ago
34.

BoycottRealityTV    

Hmm, so offer a reward to solve a crime, get someone to report the information you wanted and then pull back the reward... People will stop reporting.

505 days ago
35.

croc    

show him the money!

505 days ago
36.

OwenTaylor    

All the victims and immediate families should get the reward money. Not just one

505 days ago
37.

Mrugowsky    

LA sucks for a variety of reasons and this is another.

505 days ago
38.

awesomewave    

Guy gave those bent cops the information they needed. Pay the reward money.

505 days ago
39.

Roman Moroni    

Umm dude your lucky to be alive isn't that enough??

505 days ago
40.

joecrabs    

Why bother, the only ones that will make any money is the lawyers.

505 days ago
41.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

lol... he got robbed... by the city... smh.

505 days ago
42.

SoWhat    

People shouldn't be getting paid to report a real crime or criminal but if the city or whoever is going to offer a reward anyway for that info then they can't back out on paying that person for legitimate info that helped them just because their cops killed the guy instead of bringing him in alive. They should have to pay this guy and anyone else that gave legitimate info because they did exactly what was required to receive it because they have no control over how officers bring someone in.

505 days ago
43.

TT    

There is a reason why the reward is pulled. Being a snitch/rat should never ever be rewarded.

505 days ago
44.

str8edgewriter    

I thought this was a photo collage of Ben Roethlisberger and LL Cool J

505 days ago
45.

Gigi    

This guy is a massive douche.

505 days ago
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