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US prosecutor shot dead outside Texas courthouse

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 9:43am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 12:02pm

A US prosecutor reportedly investigating the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood organised crime syndicate was shot on Thursday just outside a courthouse in a small Texan town, officials said.

Kaufman County assistant district attorney Mark Hasse, 57, was walking toward the courthouse having just parked his car when a suspect approached and shot him “multiple” times, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Pat Laney said.

She said the suspect fled with an accomplice in a car after the incident took place around 8.30am local time.

“We are actively searching for them,” Laney said, adding that the suspects had not been identified.

The courthouse and schools went into lockdown as police searched for the gunmen and their vehicle in Kaufman, a town with a population of only 7,000 in northern Texas. The courthouse was later closed.

The Dallas Morning News cited sources as saying that Hasse’s caseload included investigations of members of the Aryan Brotherhood, though stressed that prosecuting attorneys typically handle nearly 400 cases at a time.

Unmarried, Hasse was survived by his mother and a brother.

“He was very well liked,” Laney said.

In addition to the Texas Rangers, Kaufman County authorities are probing the shooting alongside federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

 

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