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DETECTIVES HOPE TO CLOSE COP-KILLER CASE

New Details Released in the Murder of BSO Sgt. Chris Reyka

Date:  July 2, 2013                                 

PIO Number: 13-7-4   


News Conference
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Public Safety Building
2601 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

The Broward Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit continues to investigate the murder of Sgt. Chris Reyka. In the nearly six years since the death of the beloved co-worker, father and friend, thousands of tips have been investigated and hundreds of people have been interviewed.

Today, BSO homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help. Over the last 18 months, detectives have uncovered powerful and compelling evidence that suggests that Shawn Labeet, who was killed in a shootout with police Sept. 13, 2007, may have been involved in the murder of Sgt. Reyka, who was ambushed and killed Aug. 10, 2007 in the parking lot of a Pompano Beach Walgreens. Most of this evidence cannot be released or discussed at this time, but detectives hope that with the public’s help, they may be able to do so in the near future. Evidence obtained points to Labeet being involved in drug rip-offs while he posed as the police.   

Labeet shot four Miami-Dade police officers on Sept. 13.  One officer, Jose Somohano, was killed. Later that day, Miami-Dade police tracked Labeet to an apartment complex inPembroke Pines, and Labeet was shot and killed by the Miami-Dade SWAT team.

The shootout Labeet had with Miami-Dade police was just 34 days after the murder of Sgt. Reyka. Police officers working a crime suppression operation tried pulling him over in his own neighborhood. Labeet kept driving, and then went into his home where he armed himself with an assault rifle and shot the police officers. Miami-Dade police were not able to uncover a clear motive for what led to Labeet’s actions. 

Labeet spent many years living in Miami-Dade under the alias of Kevin Wehner. He had a fraudulent driver’s license, and when he was stopped by police, he received traffic tickets and even paid them. He also purchased firearms under this alias and completed the necessary paperwork to comply with federal law. 

BSO homicide detectives have been able to determine that Labeet had strong ties to Broward County, specifically the Palm Aire community in Pompano Beach, which was not far from the murder scene. He also had ties to the Oakland Park area, where the license plate on the suspect vehicle was stolen.

More importantly, detectives believe that Labeet, who went to high school in Oakland Park and had friends and associates in Pompano Beach and Oakland Park, was near the Walgreens (960 S. Pompano Parkway, Pompano Beach) on the night of Aug.10. Two witnesses have given sworn statements placing Labeet at a business and an apartment complex the night Sgt. Reyka was murdered. 

Labeet is dead, but the reward of $278,225 remains. Detectives ask that you call them directly on the Reyka tip-line at (954) 880-3950 so they can speak with you and evaluate your information. Detectives would like to speak with you if you have information about Labeet, specifically:

• Who were Labeet’s / Wehner’s friends and associates?
• Did you ever see Labeet / Wehner with a firearm?
• Did you ever see Labeet / Wehner in a white vehicle?
• Do you know of Labeet’s / Wehner’s criminal activity prior to and including 2007?

THIS REPORT BY:
       
Veda Coleman-Wright - PIO

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