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Three parties to split $1 million reward in hunt for rogue ex-LA cop Christopher Dorner

Karen and Jim Reynolds, the couple who accidentally stumbled upon fugitive Christopher Dorner, describe finding him, being tied-up, what he said to them, and their eventual escape.


The couple tied up by Christopher Dorner, the man who found his burning truck and a tow-truck driver who spotted the rogue ex-cop will split a $1 million reward offered during February’s epic manhunt, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Dorner was a former LAPD officer and a U.S. Navy reservist who targeted police officers and their families. He killed four people, including two law enforcement officers, and wounded three others in a nearly one-week manhunt.

From the 12 claims filed, a panel of three judges selected three claimants to receive the reward.

On Tuesday, authorities announced that 80 percent of the reward is going to James and Karen Reynolds who Dorner tied up at their Big Bear cabin before escaping in their SUV. Karen Reynolds managed to break loose of her bindings and call 911.

Dorner later crashed the SUV and carjacked a white pickup.

Daniel McGowan, who found the truck in the Big Bear area, will receive 15 percent.

The remaining 5 percent will go to tow-truck driver R.L. McDaniel, who spotted the rogue ex-cop Dorner at a Corona gas station early in the manhunt.

The first installment of the reward will be paid on Friday, May 10, the LAPD said.

Dorner shot himself in the head Feb. 12 during a shootout with authorities who had surrounded the cabin where he took cover in the San Bernardino Mountains.