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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.

54 COMMENTS

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31.

Banjo    

He denied the reward for fingering the cop killer? What else did he do?!?!?!?!?!

360 days ago
32.

Diane    

No one should be payed to do what is right

360 days ago
33.

WTH??    

How about giving that reward money to the families of the slain deputies he murdered??

360 days ago
34.

Nikki    

Sue the LAPD.

360 days ago
35.

nousernameisneeded    

Thats what you get for.snitchin

360 days ago
36.

juggalo 6    

I still want to know what the LAPD is hiding. It was enough to kill a man by shooting him in the head as he was surrendering then push him back into a burning building. The LAPD are the definition of monsters. Chris Dorner is no different from Snowden or anyone else who is assassinated by the government for trying to protect the people. Just remember LAPD and those responsible for all of the current corruption, "what is done in the darkness will be brought to the light. You can run on for a long time, but sooner or later God will cut you down."

360 days ago
37.

hoosier    

Wow, since they were saying how crucial his tip was at the time

360 days ago
38.

pollywog    

sleazy move by the cops, but not surprising at all!

360 days ago
39.

Michell    

That's total BS!!!!

360 days ago
40.

wmjindsm    

Why is TMZ showing this murder's picture? And there showing him in uniform, glorifying him as an officer when he killed so many. Why doesn't TMZ show pictures of his victims instead? (sarcasm)

360 days ago
41.

Stacy    

Hello!!! It's not a "tip" if they already knew where he was, so why would he get money?

360 days ago
42.

TexasBlonde    

At the time I noticed the reward probably would never be paid because it stated it was for tip in locating, capture, and CONVICTION.

There was no way Dorner was ever going to be taken alive for the opportunity to be convicted in court.

359 days ago
43.

dontgivearatsass    

Lol. I was a little concerned when I read the headline to this article. I'm glad it wasn't what I thought...

357 days ago
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