FBI connects dead robber in Arizona to Tupelo crimes

news-crime-police-stockBy JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – An armed gunman who died Saturday during an attempted robbery in Phoenix, Ariz., is likely the same suspect accused of shooting two Tupelo police officers Monday, killing one and critically injuring the second, after robbing a bank.

FBI investigators linked the Tupelo case to another bank robbery in Atlanta that occurred the same day. The suspect in all three instances wore a mask and is consistent with the height description provided by the FBI.

An email sent to media from the FBI’s Jackson office late Saturday announced a 10 a.m. Sunday news conference at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo to discuss a”significant development related to this investigation.”

Tupelo police Sgt. Gale Stauffer’s funeral was Friday, the same day hospitalized patrol officer Joseph Maher transferred from intensive care to a private room. A gunman shot both officers on South Gloster Street after an armed robbery at the BancorpSouth branch in Gloster Creek Village.

The robber in Phoenix died after exchanging shots with a police detective outside the bank.

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