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According to Bargain Pawn of Las Vegas, the firearm it auctioned was sold to them by Christopher Dorner. (Courtesy: GunBroker.com - BargainPawn) According to Bargain Pawn of Las Vegas, the firearm it auctioned was sold to them by Christopher Dorner. (Courtesy: GunBroker.com - BargainPawn)
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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

An online bidder from Colorado paid $4,025 for a gun once owned by former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, notorious for going on a killing rampage.

The money from the sale was donated to help local veterans on Thursday.

Surveillance cameras captured Dorner selling the revolver to Bargain Pawn in North Las Vegas for $50 in January. The value of the gun skyrocketed after Dorner went on a shooting spree a month later in California. To George Bramlett, the owner of the shop, Dorner didn't seem like a person capable of killing four people and injuring three others.

"Dorner was real nice and cooperative when he came in," Bramlett said.

Bramlett put the gun up for auction online, planning to donate the proceeds to the families of Dorner's victims. Those families declined the donation.

"The reason they didn't want the money is it was associated with Dorner and they didn't want anything to do with it," said Bramlett.

Searching for a plan B, the pawn shop owner called a friend asking for ideas. L.J. Harness, marketing director at Cadillac, immediately thought of giving the donation to the Veteran's Care Foundation. Thursday afternoon Harness and Bramlett presented a check to members of the foundation.

"This was probably the most unusual phone call I'd ever received in wanting to help give back to the local community," Harness said, recalling the day Bramlett requested his help.

Jim Lytner founded the Veteran's Care Foundation to help those who have served in the military and are now homeless or disabled. He says the organization will use the money to buy a van to make it easier to deliver water, sleeping bags and clothes to veterans in need.

Bramlett said Dorner's gun, an Astra 960, is worth about $300 retail.

The Colorado man who bought the gun said he's thrilled the money is going to such a good cause.

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