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Gun Owned by Christopher Dorner to Be Auctioned

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Image(LAS VEGAS) -- A handgun once owned by Christopher Dorner is being auctioned online by a Las Vegas pawn shop.

Dorner, the former police officer charged in a series of shooting attacks on Los Angeles Police Department officers and their families in February, sold the .38 revolver to the pawn shop for $50 two weeks before setting off on a rampage, according to the pawn shop owner who spoke to ABC News affiliate KTNV in Las Vegas.

The shooting spree eventually left four people dead, including two Los Angeles police officers. Three other police officers were wounded.

The two-week auction has so far had more than 39 bidders who have driven up the price of the Astra model 960 revolver to more than $2,000. The pawn shop, Bargain Pawn, said it had hoped to donate proceeds to the families of the police officers allegedly killed by Dorner.

But some groups have already said they’re not interested.  Sgt. Brian Smith, president of the Riverside Police Officers Association, described the gun sale as “tasteless,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Smith suggested the pawn shop turn the gun into local police to have it destroyed, the Times reported.

Dorner was the subject of an intense manhunt following the shooting deaths of four people, including two police officers and the daughter of another.  He died during a standoff with police at a cabin in Big Bear, Calif.

An autopsy revealed that Dorner died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

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