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Manhunt for Tupelo robber may be over

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JACKSON, MS (AP) -

The FBI says that a suspect killed by Phoenix police in a bank robbery attempt is believed to be the same man accused in the shooting death of one Mississippi police officer and the wounding of another.

The statement early Sunday by the Jackson, Miss., FBI bureau came hours after Phoenix police shot and killed the man minutes after Saturday's bank robbery attempt.

The FBI said in an email statement: "We believe that this suspect is the same individual who is responsible for the attempted bank robbery in Atlanta, the robbery of the BancorpSouth in Tupelo, (Miss.) the shooting of Officer Joseph Maher, and the murder of Officer Gale Stauffer."

Phoenix police had no immediate comment when contacted early Sunday.

The slain suspect's name has not been released.

The officers were shot Monday. Stauffer died and was buried Friday. Maher reportedly was able to walk with some aid on Friday.

Based upon information gathered in this investigation, FBI officials believe that this suspect is the same individual who is responsible for the attempted bank robbery in Atlanta, the robbery of the BancorpSouth in Tupelo, the shooting of Officer Joseph Maher, and the murder of Officer Gale Stauffer.

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