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$200K reward offered for masked gunman in fatal bank robbery

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Anyone with information regarding this matter should immediately contact the FBI at the established tip line, 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324). Anyone with information regarding this matter should immediately contact the FBI at the established tip line, 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324).
After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from the customer in Atlanta, the robber departed the bank in Atlanta without further incident. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from the customer in Atlanta, the robber departed the bank in Atlanta without further incident.
Tupelo Police Officer Gale Stauffer was shot and killed pursuing a bank robbery suspect. Joseph Maher, 27, was injured in the shooting. Tupelo Police Officer Gale Stauffer was shot and killed pursuing a bank robbery suspect. Joseph Maher, 27, was injured in the shooting.
Several Tupelo-area banks donated money in the reward to catch the masked gunman. Several Tupelo-area banks donated money in the reward to catch the masked gunman.

(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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