Shawn Labeet focus of sergeant's murder: $278,000 reward remains in Broward deputy killing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Sergeant Chris Reyka has been gone six years, but his case remains fresh for investigators inside the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

"He was a proactive, hardworking, decent human being, a phenomenal police officer and loved his family and the Lord," said Sheriff Scott Israel.

Sgt. Reyka's family sat close by as detectives named Shawn Labeet as the focus of the murder investigation of their fellow officer. 

Labeet was killed in a shootout with Miami-Dade Swat Team, one month after Sgt. Reyka's death. Investigators say earlier that day, Labeet shot at four Miami-Dade police officers, killing one of them.

Of the 3,200 leads that have come in on Sgt. Reyka's murder, detectives say many point to Labeet.

"If you've called in the past, anonymously, we encourage you to call in again," said Det. John Curcio.

Detective Curcio wants to know who Labeet's friends were in 2007, as well as what guns and vehicles he had access to. 

As this plea went out to the public, Sgt. Reyka's son, now a deputy for the department, stood by silently.

"We're proud of you, to serve with you. Your dad set an unbelievable legacy," said Sheriff Israel.

A tip line has been designated for leads in this case. If you have information, call (954) 880-3950.

Although Labeet is dead, a $278,000 reward remains.

 

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