Friday, December 27 2013 6:46 PM EST2013-12-27 23:46:35 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Family and friends remembered a Tupelo police officer Friday who was killed in the line of duty. Patrol cars and officers traveled on bikes down the highway to honor Sgt. Gale Stauffer's atMore >>
Family and friends remembered a Tupelo police officer Friday who was killed in the line of duty.More >>
Thursday, December 26 2013 5:15 AM EST2013-12-26 10:15:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Tupelo, Miss., residents honored fallen officer Gale Stauffer and injured officer Joseph Maher on Christmas Day. The two were shot chasing a bank robber Monday. Volunteers lined the streetsMore >>
Tupelo, Miss., residents honored fallen officer Gale Stauffer and injured officer Joseph Maher on Christmas Day. The two were shot chasing a bank robber Monday.More >>
(WMC-TV) - Investigators tied the individual believed to be responsible for a violent armed robbery in Tupelo, which killed one police officer and injured another, to a separate attempted armed robbery in Atlanta.
Officials revealed during a news conference Friday night that they also increased the reward total for information leading to the arrest of the suspect, who is considered armed and extremely dangerous, to $200,000. Several Tupelo-area banks donated money in that reward to catch the masked gunman.
"The reward for information leading to the apprehension and arrest of this suspect is now $202,500," said Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.
Tupelo Police Officer Gale Stauffer was shot and killed pursuing the bank robbery suspect. Joseph Maher, 27, was critically injured in the shooting. He was recently updated to stable condition.
According to the FBI Atlanta Field Office, one man wearing a black ski mask and armed with a semi-automatic handgun entered a Bank of America in Atlanta the same day of the Tupelo Bancorp South robbery.
After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from a customer in Atlanta, the robber departed the bank without further incident. He was observed departing in a light gray vehicle, possibly a Chrysler 200, with no license plate displayed.
To see new surveillance pictures believed to be the same suspect want for killing Stauffer and injuring Maher, click here.
A close look at the photos shows that the suspect is dressed in a gray and white-striped top with khaki pants, wearing a mask, black gloves, and white sneakers. The FBI says the suspect looks to be five feet, eight inches tall.
"He took a tactical stance; he had knowledge of police tactics. We believe he might have been wearing a Kevlar or bulletproof vest," said special agent Stephen Emmett.
Wanted billboards are now up in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama.
Anyone with information regarding this matter should immediately contact the FBI at the established tip line, 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324).
People from across the Mid-South poured into Tupelo Friday to pay tribute to fallen sergeant Gale Stauffer as he was laid to rest. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
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