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FBI offers $20,000 for gun used to kill Tampa police officers and a third man

TAMPA — The FBI is offering $20,000 for information leading to the recovery of the handgun used to kill two Tampa police officers and a third man.

Investigators determined the same .38-caliber gun was used in the June 29 fatal shootings of police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab and the May 18 killing of 21-year-old Derek Anderson.

The FBI reward is in addition to the $1,000 reward announced by Crime Stoppers earlier this week.

So a tipster could be eligible for up to $21,000.

Neither of the rewards are contingent on a conviction, but the FBI said that investigators must be able to use ballistic evidence to prove the gun is the murder weapon.

FBI spokesman David Couvertier said the gun, while not the only major piece of evidence in the case, would be useful during the trials.

"What we'd like to do is dot our i's and cross our t's by obtaining that particular weapon," he said.

"If we can forensically match it, that will bolster those cases and potentially make the prosecutor's job easier."

The reward is now being advertised on 13 Clear Channel digital billboards in Hillsborough and Pinellas, the FBI said. Clear Channel donated the space.

The billboards show pictures of Curtis, Kocab and Anderson and say, "$20,000 reward for weapon used in these homicides."

The FBI asks anyone with information about the weapon to contact the Tampa FBI office at (813) 253-1000.

Tips can be anonymous.

To be eligible for the $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward, the tip must be made to Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477 or at crimestopperstb.com.

FBI offers $20,000 for gun used to kill Tampa police officers and a third man 07/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:27pm]
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