Miss. officer dead in bank robbery shootout

Dec 24, 2013, 7:55 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say a Tupelo, Miss., police officer has been killed and a second is in critical condition in a shootout with suspected bank robbers.

The officers arrived in separate cars to the robbery call from BancorpSouth around 3:15 p.m. Monday. Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre says they pursued the suspects’ car and those in the vehicle jumped out and began firing at the officers.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kevin “Gale” Stauffer was killed, and a 26-year-old officer, whose name was not released, was hurt.

FBI agents are looking for at least one suspect who they say might be heavily armed.

The FBI has offered a reward of $50,000, which has been matched by BancorpSouth.

Mayor Jason Shelton says a bystander used a fallen officer’s radio to report the shooting. He says that may have saved the second officer’s life.

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Miss. officer dead in bank robbery shootout