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Christopher Dorner

Carjack Victim Denied Reward for Fingering Cop Killer

7/17/2013 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The man whose truck was carjacked by Christopher Dorner during his cop killing rampage -- and who subsequently notified police -- doesn't deserve a cent of the reward money ... so says Riverside County, California.

TMZ broke the story ... Richard Heltebrake sued a bunch of government bodies in SoCal that promised a million-dollar reward for information leading to the capture of Dorner, who murdered three police officers in February, 2013.

Heltebrake claims his tip was crucial in tracking down Dorner -- and he demanded the full reward, which was collectively financed by several municipalities, including Riverside County, the City of L.A., and the City of Irvine.

But now, Riverside is saying Heltebrake deserves jack squat -- because his "tip" regarding Dorner's whereabouts came in AFTER police already knew where Dorner was.

Lawyers for Riverside cite Heltebrake's own account of his call to police -- where Heltebrake describes hearing a "serious volley of gunshots" before calling a local deputy. Riverside claims those gunshots were from a firefight between Dorner and police.

Translation: his tip came in too late.

Riverside has decided to give the majority of its reward to the couple whom Dorner tied up and gagged inside their home in Big Bear Lake ... before taking off in their Nissan.

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hitman_4hire    

riverside county cops suck!!
especially lake elsinore police dept. a bunch of fat donut eating pigs.

471 days ago
17.

tgrfan42069    

lol funny they do this.next time people wont open their mouth

471 days ago
18.

Meanie    

Give the guy his damn money!

471 days ago
19.

VICKY    

he deserves no reward. Already gun fights going on. The older couple in Big Bear is deserving of reward.

471 days ago
20.

Moe Greene    

Why give him money if the police were already in a fight with Dorner. The real heroes deserved the reward.

471 days ago
21.

awesomewave    

What a surprise.

471 days ago
22.

DaniM0nster    

Nice title.

471 days ago
23.

Nick    

The authorities have a good point, he called and said he heard a volley of gun shots, hence, it was between the cops had the guy pinned down and were exchanging gunfire. Sounds more like he reported an incident of shots being fired, not that he had the tip that lead to his demise of the shooter.

471 days ago
24.

Mitch    

He should be given the money.

471 days ago
25.

Swins    

Never help law enforcement is the lesson here.

471 days ago
26.

Vote2012    

Just another reason why people have little respect for the police throughout this country, many cannot be trusted, and many are not honest. The government, the courts and the law enforcement in this country has declined over the last ten years, they are all questionable.

471 days ago
27.

abby    

Richard Heltebrake was so obnoxious when he demanded the entire one million dollars, that somehow this sounds like sweet justice.

471 days ago
28.

Double Bubble    

A.C.A.B

471 days ago
29.

seamus     

Just give him the money.

471 days ago
30.

sbs    

I live in LA and we were all laughing when they made the reward offer. We knew not one dime of it would ever be paid out. We were right!

470 days ago
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