TMZ reported last December that the gun which Los Angeles police believed was used to murder Tupac was destroyed. The website says ATF agents tested the gun in 2006 and it showed connections between the rapper's case as well as another unresolved murder.
The ATF then sent the gun to Las Vegas PD for their own ballistic testing. They determined the gun didn't match Tupac's case. They then sent it back to ATF and it sat in storage until 2013. ATF then destroyed the gun but didn't do it without checking to make sure it was okay with Las Vegas PD.
Below is the original report.
The handgun used to shoot and kill hip hop star Tupac Shakur was discovered in a backyard in Compton, California 19 years ago, according to TMZ.
TMZ on Friday reported that seemingly no one in law enforcement knows where the murder weapon remains today.
Producers from A&E’s “Who Killed Tupac?” discovered the bombshell information in a police document unearthed while they were working on the documentary television series.
The document states that a .40 caliber Glock was found by a Compton citizen’s backyard in 1998.
The citizen then reported the find to Compton’s police department, whose records state the firearm was booked as found property on May 30, 1998.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department took over law enforcement of Compton in 2000, the Glock was among 3,800 confiscated firearms that were turned over to the LASD.
LASD Deputy T. Brennan was next examining records in 2006 when he recognized the address of the Compton house where the Glock was found.
Brennan identified the address as the home of the girlfriend of prominent member of the Crips street gang known to have issues with Shakur.
The deputy immediately ordered ballistic testing, resulting in a match with the firearm used to kill Shakur in 1996.
A federal prosecutor assigned to the case, however, asked that the weapon not be returned to Las Vegas, where Shakur’s murder remained unsolved.
The official cited concerns that the weapon’s discovery might alert possible conspirators in his recommendation that it not be given to the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD).
TMZ on Friday reported that the police document was not explicit, but the concern was seemingly that the revelation a Crip was involved in Shakur’s murder may trigger gang violence.
A&E ultimately contacted the LVPD about the issue, with some officers saying they never received the gun and others noting they were unsure.
Shakur, 25, was fatally wounded during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996, ultimately succumbing to his injuries six days later.
The hip hop star’s death and the circumstances around it has since become one of pop culture’s biggest unsolved mysteries.