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Owners Of Cabin Burned Down In Dorner Standoff Will Receive $200,000
The owners of the cabin destroyed in the massive manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner will receive $200,000 in damages from San Bernardino County. Candace Martin and Eric Funnell owned the cabin on Seven Oaks Roads in Big Bear that was destroyed on February 12, 2013 after the San Bernardino County Sheriff's SWAT team shot tear gas inside, hoping to flush Dorner—who was holed up inside the cabin—out, the L.A. Times reports. The gas led to a fire, which consumed the cabin. Martin and Funnell will receive $200,000 by March 5 to compensate them for their cabin, the cost of their lawyer and emotional distress.
Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer who felt that he had been wrongfully fired, began a spree in February of 2013, specifically targeting officers and their families. He murdered two police officers as well as the daughter of an LAPD commander and her fiancé.
Dorner managed to flee Los Angeles and hide out in Big Bear for about a week, but was eventually discovered while trying to leave the area. He barricaded himself inside the cabin, where a standoff that killed one San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy occurred. The standoff ended after the cabin caught on fire when Dorner took his own life in the cabin's basement.
Los Angeles has already paid out nearly $900,000 to citizens who provided tips during the manhunt. The City also paid out $4.2 million to two women delivering newspapers that LAPD and Torrance officers shot and injured because they mistook the women's similar truck for Dorner's. The City of Torrance also paid out $1.8 million to a man police mistakenly shot at, thinking he was Dorner.
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