LOS ANGELES (AP) — A camp ranger who was carjacked by Christopher Dorner lost a bid Friday to block payout of $1 million in rewards for helping track down the killer as he seeks the money.
Richard Heltebrake contended that his 911 call to authorities on Feb. 12 helped lead them to Dorner, a fired Los Angeles police officer who went on a revenge rampage and killed four people before shooting himself at a Big Bear cabin.
However, on Friday, Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin declined to grant a temporary restraining order that would have stopped authorities from disbursing the money to four other people.
Police announced this week that a panel of three retired judges had granted about $800,000 to James and Karen Reynolds, who were bound and gagged by Dorner at a different mountain cabin before the final confrontation. Karen Reynolds got free and called 911.
Daniel McGowan, who found Dorner's burning truck in the Big Bear area where he eventually was discovered, will get $150,000.
And $50,000 will go to tow truck driver R.L. McDaniel, who reported spotting Dorner at a gas station earlier in the manhunt.
Heltebrake, a ranger at a Big Bear-area Boy Scout camp, also called 911 after Dorner stole his pickup at gunpoint. In court papers, his attorney argued that he should receive at least $1 million, the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/12jdqIk ) reported.
Police said officers already knew Dorner was in the area.
"Mr. Heltebrake's phone call did not provide information leading to Dorner's capture," an LAPD report said. "Law enforcement had already spotted Dorner driving a white pickup."
Gunshots heard in Heltebrake's 911 call were from a final shootout between Dorner and law enforcement officers who had surrounded a nearby cabin, authorities said.
Heltebrake has also filed a $1 million lawsuit against Los Angeles, Riverside County and other reward contributors.