Skip to comments.Owner Of Burned Out Cabin In Dorner Manhunt Files $420K Claim Against San Bernardino Co.
Posted on 07/19/2013 9:39:38 AM PDT by BenLurkin
SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) The owner of a Barton Flats cabin has filed a claim against San Bernardino County saying sheriffs deputies allowed it to burn during a standoff with rouge former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner.
Candice Martin is seeking $420,000, alleging deputies made no effort to save her cabin in the 40000 block of Seven Oaks Road on February 13.
Following a 10-day manhunt, Dorner barricaded himself inside the structure, shooting two deputies, killing Detective Jeremiah MacKay and seriously injuring Deputy Alex Collins.
The vacation rental caught fire after authorities fired tear gas inside.
Martin, of Palmdale, said deputies did nothing to put out the fire which ultimately destroyed the cabin. Dorners body was recovered from inside the structure, however, it was unclear if he died in the blaze or if he committed suicide.
The county has 45 days to respond to the claim, and if rejected, a lawsuit can be filed.
For starting the fire however.....
some ‘cabin’ at a half mil....
Intentional or not, the tear gas is what caused the fire.
I would think that somebody has coverage for the damage. If they owner has insurance then the insurance carrier should pay and restore then subbrogate it to the County.
I think both can sue. The defendant has to make sure it doesn’t pay twice.
>> during a standoff with rouge former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner
rouge, eh? I knew he had mental issues, but I hadn’t heard he was a cross-dresser.
Well, it IS L.A. maybe men wearing rouge is de rigueur.
Hard to believe they haven’t made much improvement on gas delivery since Waco.
I agree with you. Seems like the amount is such that the county should pay, not drag it out at much greater expense.
What’s to improve on?
Thank you. Rouge vs rogue.
>> some cabin at a half mil....
I think you can get an outhouse for a quarter of a mil out there... that’s about it. Half a mil for a shack sounds about right.
“during a standoff with rouge former Los Angeles police officer”
Oh no! Another old lady with very pink cheeks?
Maybe the draft was in cursive — and the editor couldn’t quite make out the spelling.
The cops reported his cheeks were flush as the fire started.
>> The cops reported his cheeks were flush as the fire started.
I wonder if that got ‘em all hot.
When have we heard of government firing tear gas and starting a fire...hmmm!
A little human bar-b-que in Texas seems to come to mind.
You beat me to that “rouge” gaffe-I was going to ask the same thing...
A news source that doesn’t look up the spelling/meaning of the word they want to use-I assume they meant “rogue”, but it is California...
“I think you can get an outhouse for a quarter of a mil out there...”
Well I can tell you that our 1940 1400 sf cottage in Carmel is appraised for $1.5 million! Of that amount, the land is worth $1 million. The original owner had it built ( including the land) for $4k.
Looks like the got the intended result. Just like Waco!
“during a standoff with rouge former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner”
I thought he was black, not red?!?
If you don't have it in your homeowners policy, you should look at getting "complete rebuild coverage". Some policies "out there" are insuring people for materials and some monetary for personal items. Conveniently, they have left out the $$$ it will take to actually re-build your home.
“Hard to believe they havent made much improvement on gas delivery since Waco.”
It got rid of all the evidence and made the inhabitants dead to tell no tales. Cops got to go home and the media kept it quiet.
How much more improvement do you need?
I thought he was black.
Flippin' idjit writers.
Most insurance contracts have an out for the carrier based on “force majeure” and that was evident in spades on this deal. The government used unlawful force, initiated at command’s discretion, so the government has to pay.
“The vacation rental caught fire after authorities fired tear gas inside”
Well that and bulldozing one whole side of the cabin before torching it with kerosene torches. Audio of the whole thing clearly heard on numerous tapes.
I thought I remembered the owner of cabin going on TV saying he would not seek damages because he agreed with the police tactics or something. So much for that.
They should be asking for full replacement cost, treble damages and whatever exemplary and punitive damages the court sees fit to impose.
They did alright in Philly, too, when they burned out John Africa's MOVE crib.
They have varieties of tear gas canisters that aren't incendiary devices.
They don't use them when the intent is to start a fire and burn the cop killing bastard (or the evil cult members and their children) alive.
I have a cabin in the Washington Cascades that’s appraised for about $350,000. It’s not great shakes, but it’s nice and on a few acres and since I built it 15 years ago it has basically tripled in value, so I can easily imagine now a place near Yosemite could be worth a half mil. Don’t forget, her place is also a rental - a cheap place will rent for $1500 a week, so at that rate and even if it was only rented out half the time, we’re talking almost $40,000 a year.
Seeking damages and being “made whole” are two different things. Damages implies a punitive element, and not merely having your property replaced.
When all this was going down I was listening to it on police scanner. I heard two cops discussing that they were going to go ahead with the burn out and that it needed to go just like discussed. Soon thereafter the scanner crashed and the house burned down....
...a standoff with rouge former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner.
What, they’re calling him “rouge”!? Is that racist?
Maybe he was Khmer Rouge?
The guy probably has insurance. Certainly, he should. If he doesn’t, well, life is full of ups and downs.
Wanting to end the standoff before nightfall, members of the sheriff's SWAT unit carried out a plan they had devised for a final assault on the cabin, according to law enforcement sources. An officer drove a demolition vehicle up to the building and methodically tore down most of its walls, the sources said.
With the cabin's interior exposed, the officer got on the radio to others awaiting his order. "We're going to go forward with the plan, with the burner," the unidentified officer said, according to a recording of police radio transmissions reviewed by The Times.
"The burner" was shorthand for a grenade-like canister containing a more powerful type of tear gas than had been used earlier. Police use the nickname because of the intense heat the device gives off, often starting a fire.
"Seven burners deployed," another officer responded several seconds later, according to the transmission which has circulated widely among law enforcement officials. "And we have a fire."
Within minutes the cabin was fully engulfed in flames, ending a dramatic manhunt that captivated the nation.
If you’ve ever been to Big Bear, a half million will only buy you a shack.
That would have been the tear gas canister with the big red X on it, the one that burns extra hot due to the thermite inside.
Hard to believe they havent made much improvement on gas delivery since Waco.
I don’t know it seemed like it went up faster this time around...