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The Today File

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September 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Gun used to kill state trooper purchased at gun show

By The Associated Press

PORT ORCHARD — Recently released records show that the felon who shot and killed Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu in February likely inherited the murder weapon from his father or bought it at a gun show.

The Kitsap Sun reports that agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced the .40 caliber Smith & Wesson to its last documented sale, at a Monroe gun show in 2009. Its buyer at that sale said he’s 99 percent sure he later sold the weapon to Joshua Blake at a Port Angeles gun show.

But the ATF’s report also notes that it could have been Blake’s father who bought the gun, and that Blake might have inherited it when his father died about a year before the shooting.

Blake shot and killed the trooper on Feb. 23 during a traffic stop. He used the same gun to kill himself later that day.

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