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NEWS: A man is detained by Las Vegas police in relation to the 1996 shooting of Tupac Shakur

A long-awaited breakthrough in a case that has vexed detectives and captivated the public ever since the hip-hop icon was shot and killed on the Las Vegas Strip in 1996 has been made with the arrest of one of the last remaining witnesses in the Las Vegas region

Two officials with direct knowledge of the arrest claim that Duane “Keffe D” Davis was taken into custody early on Friday morning on suspicion of murder. Before a likely indictment later on Friday, they asked to remain anonymous

It wasn’t immediately obvious if Davis has a lawyer who can speak for him. Since police executed a search warrant at his wife’s home in the Henderson, Nevada, suburb of Las Vegas, more than two months ago, Davis hasn’t returned calls or texts from The Associated Press requesting comment or an interview

According to the search warrant, police were seeking for items “relating to Tupac Shakur’s death. They gathered a number of computers, a phone, a hard drive, a Shakur-featured issue of Vibe magazine, a number of.40-caliber bullets, two “tubs containing photographs,” and a copy of Davis’ autobiography

Former Colorado fugitive jailed for dramatic confrontation at Caesars Palace in Las VegasInvestigators had been aware of Davis for a while. In interviews and in his 2019 autobiography, “Compton Street Legend,” he acknowledged that he was in the Cadillac from which the drive-by shooting on September 7, 1996, broke out

Shakur was traveling that night in a convoy of roughly ten vehicles, one of which was Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight’s BMW. When a white Cadillac drew up next to them while they were stopped at a red light, gunshots broke out. Shakur was shot numerous times and passed away at the age of 25 one week later

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The rapper passed away as his fourth solo album, “All Eyez on Me,” which had sold almost 5 million copies, was still at the top of the charts. Shakur, who has received six Grammy nominations, is still widely regarded as one of the most important and versatile rappers of all time

In his memoir, Davis claimed that the shooting took place when he was in the Cadillac’s front passenger seat and had stowed the murder weapon in the backseat

Davis accused Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, his nephew, of being one of the two passengers in the backseat. Shortly before the shooting, Shakur and Anderson, a well-known opponent of the rapper, got into a fight in a casino

Anderson passed away after two years. He denied any involvement in the murder of Shakur

In his autobiography, Davis acknowledged that he first broke his silence in 2010 at a meeting with federal and local authorities that was held behind closed doors. He consented to speak with them about Tupac’s murder as well as the deadly shooting of Tupac’s rap adversary Biggie Smalls, popularly known as the Notorious B.I.G., six months later when he was 46 and facing life in prison on drug charges

“They offered to let me go for running a ‘criminal enterprise’ and numerous alleged murders for the truth about the Tupac and Biggie murders,” he claimed in the letter. If I aided them, they would vow to destroy the indictment and stop the grand jury

Shakur and Biggie Smalls, a rival rapper who was tragically shot in March 1997, were at odds at the time. The East Coast-West Coast rivalry between the two rappers at the time largely shaped the hip-hop scene in the mid-1990s

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Davis’ arrest, according to Greg Kading, a retired Los Angeles police officer who spent years looking into the Shakur shooting and authored a book about it

The former Los Angeles police detective claimed that Davis’ public accounts of his involvement in the murder, including his 2019 memoir, gave the probe fresh life in recent years

According to Kading, “those events have given Las Vegas the ammunition and the leverage to move forward.” “The cases were not prosecutable in their current state prior to Keffe D’s public declarations”

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