A massive manhunt for the killers of Texas prosecutor Mark Hasse continues today (Feb. 1) in North Texas as the reward increased to $64,500 for information leading to the arrest of those who assassinated the Kaufman County prosecutor yesterday (Jan. 31).
Hasse, 57, was ambushed and executed by two men as he exited his vehicle and walked toward his office in the Kaufman County District Attorney's Office between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Law enforcement authorities also believe he was beaten before he was shot to death by the masked men
Attacks on prosecutors in the U.S. are rare, although there have been seven attacks on prosecutors in this country between 1967 and 2004, according to statistics released by the National District Attorney's Association yesterday.
The high profile case of missing Pennsylvania prosecutor Ray Gricar is still open. Less than a year away from retirement, he left his office one afternoon several years ago and vanished. Items of Gricar were later found in a Pennsylvania river.
Gricar's fate is still unknown.
Investigators are currently looking through files Hasse was handling as they pursue all possible leads to his cold-blooded execution. They believe the prosecutor was a targeted hit and not the victim of a random crime. The perpetrators of this unimaginable crime knew where they could find Hasse when they wanted to take him out.
Hasse was a former chief of the organized crime unit in the Dallas District Attorney's Office where he served with distinction for many years before he was badly injured in a private plane crash. He recovered from his injuries and started a new career at the Kaufman County District Attorney's Office in 2010.
Kaufman is a town of about 7,000 people near Dallas.
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