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Reward Offered For Information In Officer Slaying

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posted on May, 31 2011 @ 12:40 PM
This happened in my hometown and makes me sick. A former marine and 24 year veteran of the Bexar county sheriffs office murdered in his squad car. If anyone has information there is a large reward being offered or if you'd like to donate to the fund the information is on the link below.

The reward offered for information on the killing of Bexar County sheriff's Sgt. Kenneth Vann reached $77,000 on Tuesday, bolstered by a $25,000 donation from San Antonio lawyer Wayne Wright, officials said.

The reward has been growing exponentially from its start at $10,000 on Saturday, fueled by donations from the Texas Municipal Police Association, multiple police agencies across Texas and Vann's relatives, and more contributions from private and public entities are expected, a sheriff's department spokesman said.

Vann, 48, was killed with an automatic weapon, said Deputy Chief Dale Bennett, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. A 24-year veteran, he was in his marked patrol car en route to a call when he was ambushed by someone in a small white car as he waited at a red light at Rigsby Avenue and Loop 410 around 2 a.m. Saturday, authorities have said.

Authorities have not determined a motive or released information on suspects, other than to say that Vann was likely killed because he was a law enforcement officer.

The Sheriff's Office has also established a fund to help Vann's family through Generations Federal Credit Union. Monetary donations may be made to the Kenneth G. Vann Memorial Fund in care of of the credit union at P.O. Box 830968, San Antonio, Texas 78283-0968, or can be made in person at any Generations Federal Credit in the San Antonio area.

A multiagency task force based in the AT&T Center parking lot and led by sheriff's Deputy Chief Rey Lujan is investigating. Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz said Sunday that the officers would not rest until “we find the guy who did it.”

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the shooting — no matter how seemingly insignificant — to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-7867 or the Sheriff's Office at 210-335-6070.

Federal marshals are working on 24-hour shifts, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bobby Hogeland said Monday, and are thoroughly investigating tips.

“We are absolutely running every lead into the ground,” Hogeland said. “It's intense. We want to do everything we can to find the person, or persons, involved.”

Visitation for Vann is scheduled for Thursday, and his funeral will be Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honey Creek in Spring Branch.

Vann, who was married to sheriff's Sgt. Yvonne Vann, graduated from Lee High School and San Antonio College, according to his obituary on Porter Loring Mortuaries' website. He also served in the Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm. al_news/article/Reward-reaches-77-000-for-info-on-sergeant-s-1403011.php

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