The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Tampa Field Office is offering a $20,000 reward for the gun investigators say was used to kill two Tampa police officers and another man.

The reward will be broadcast on billboards around the area, according to an FBI media release.

Investigators say the weapon was used shortly before 11:30 p.m. on May 18 to kill Derek Marquise Anderson, 21, inside of the Kenneth Court Apartment complex during what TPD detectives believe was a botched robbery attempt.

On June 29, 2010 at 2:15 a.m., police say Dontae Morris used the same gun to kill Tampa Police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab. Investigators made the connection using a forensic analysis of the bullets used to kill all three. The gun, however, has yet to be found.

Morris has been charged with all three killings as well as the murder of Harold Wright. He pleaded not guilty today to the murder charges; prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for the killing of the two police officers.

Police are not releasing the type of weapon they are looking for, according to Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the weapon should contact the Tampa FBI office at (813) 253-1000.

Individuals may remain anonymous.

Source: Howard Altman for The Tampa Tribune.

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