Las Vegas police say despite reports indicating otherwise, rapper Tupac Shakur’s murder case is still an open investigation.
Recent news reports claimed an arrest in the case was “imminent” after new information emerged this year about Tupac’s death in a BET documentary and a USA Network true crime series.
Both broadcasts featured interviews with former gang member Duane Keith Davis, also known as Keffe D, who claimed he was in the car with Tupac’s killer on Sept. 7, 1996, when the rapper was shot on the Las Vegas Strip. He died from his injuries six days later.
Keffe D said he was in the front seat when someone riding in the back opened fire on a vehicle carrying Tupac and Suge Knight.
When the USA series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. aired in May, Keffe D said he had cancer and decided to finally go public because he didn’t have anything else to lose. Although he stopped short of naming the killer, citing “street code.”
Series creator Kyle Long told TheWrap in May that Keffe D should be behind bars.
“Certainly Keffe D and the Southside Crips killed Tupac Shakur. And it is outrageous that Keffe D is not in jail,” Long said.
Keffe D made the same claim about the events of the night Tupac was shot in BET’s Death Row Chronicles, which aired in February.
As a result of the broadcasts, police said they decided to take a closer look at the case.
“We are aware of the statements made in the BET interview regarding the Tupac case,” a spokesperson with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Public Information told USA TODAY on Thursday.
But the LVPD rejected claims that an arrest would happen soon.
“As a result of those statements we have spent the last several months reviewing the case in its entirety. Various reports that an arrest warrant is about to be submitted are inaccurate. This case still remains an open homicide case,” the police spokesperson added.