Dallas DA offers to match reward in killing of Kaufman prosecutor

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Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said Friday morning that his office would match a $30,000 reward for information leading to the person or people responsible for the ambush-style shooting of a Kaufman County prosecutor.

Assistant district attorney Mark Hasse, 57, had just stepped out of his car about 9 a.m. Thursday when a masked gunman fatally shot him multiple times.

Officials didn't immediately indicate any motive for the shooting in Kaufman, located about 33 miles southeast of Dallas.

Kaufman County CrimeStoppers issued a reward for information leading to those responsible and it grew to $30,000 on Thursday. People who want to share a tip are asked to call 817-847-7522.

Watkins said he would match the reward Friday during an appearance on WFAA's morning show, the station reported. Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, confirmed the announcement.

Mark Hasse was a top-notch prosecutor in northeast Texas with a "passion for putting away bad guys" and never shied from taking on cases involving dangerous people or organizations, his former colleagues said.

Investigators are sifting through Hasse's case files searching for clues as to why the assistant district attorney was targeted by a masked gunman who fatally shot him outside his office in the Kaufman County Courthouse.

"I hope the people that did this are watching because we're very confident that we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in. We're going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," District Attorney Mike McLelland said Thursday.

The Kaufman County DA's office was expected to remain closed Friday.

The report contains information from the Associated Press.

Alex Branch, 817-390-7689

Twitter: @albranch1

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