TUPELO, Miss. (WREG) – A police officer in Tupelo, Mississippi died Monday and a second is in critical condition after bank robbery and shooting.
Two officers responded to a branch of BancorpSouth and were shot Monday afternoon. The robbery happened about 3:15 p.m.
The officers confronted the suspects, and at least one began shooting at close range.
Officer Gale Stauffer died. The 38-year-old leaves behind a wife and two children. He had been with the police department for eight years, served with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for one year, and was also a combat veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard.
The other officer, whose name has not been released, is 26 years old and in critical condition.
Police say a citizen picked up one of the officers’ radios and called in “officer down.”
There are believed to be two or three suspects, who are said to be heavily armed. Police in several southeastern states are issuing notices to be on alert for them. Huntsville Police, Madison County Sheriff’s deputies and Alabama State Troopers issued several ‘Be on the Lookout’ calls overnight.
Authorities are also looking for a dark gray Dodge Stratus, which is believed to be the getaway car.
The FBI and U.S. Marshals are investigating the case with Tupelo Police and several other agencies.
There is $100,000 reward for information about the suspects and their location. If you have any helpful information, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-773-TIPS.
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