Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Benoit will convene a special meeting Wednesday for the board to consider adding $100,000 to the reward for information leading to the capture of triple murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner.
"I want to make this money available as part of the overall reward," Benoit told City News Service. "I expect my colleagues will agree."
On Sunday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a $1 million bounty for information that leads to Dorner's apprehension and conviction.
The ex-LAPD officer is suspected of killing an Irvine couple and later a Riverside police officer, whose partner was also seriously wounded in the same ambush. Officer Michael Crain, 34, is scheduled to be laid to rest Wednesday.
Benoit, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, said he could not grasp Dorner's motives.
"I try not to spend a lot of time coming up with sane reasons for insane behavior," the chairman told CNS. "This guy's obviously gone over the edge and down the cliff. I think that if there was some concern about his stability and that's why the LAPD decided to let him go, it certainly proven to be accurate."
Benoit said for the sake of public safety, he was "kind of hopeful" Dorner had ended his own life and was "under a tree someplace."
"But that would leave everybody on edge for a couple of months (until his remains are found). It's better to avoid that," the supervisor said. "That's part of the rationale for the reward. It's in everybody's best interest that he's found soon."
According to Benoit, the $100,000 would likely come out of the county's general fund—if the reward has to be paid at all.
The supervisor and other board members will be representing the county at Crain's funeral.
-City News Service
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