Bank Robber Sought in Cop's Murder
FBI manhunt underway after Mississippi killing
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2013 8:12 AM CST
This is a BancorpSouth bank surveillance screen shot released by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety of the robbery.   (AP Photo/BancorpSouth via the Mississippi Department of Public Safety)

(Newser) – An FBI manhunt is underway for a man sought in two bank holdups and the murder of a Mississippi police officer. Authorities say the man first tried to rob a bank in Atlanta on Monday morning, but when he failed to get money from a teller, he robbed someone at the bank's ATM instead, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Police think he then drove to Tupelo, Mississippi, and robbed a bank there. During his getaway, the assailant shot two police officers, reports the Hattiesburg American.

Tupelo Police Sgt. Gale Stauffer was killed and officer Joseph Maher injured. A combined reward of about $200,000 is being offered by banks and law enforcement. CNN's description: The "suspect is about 5-feet, 8-inches tall to 6 feet tall with a slender build. He was wearing a face mask, a patterned jacket, khaki pants and tennis shoes. Authorities say he may have fled in a gray sedan, possibly a late-model Chrysler 200."

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Dec 29, 2013 1:39 AM CST
Heap bad medicine to shoot a cop when robbing a bank. The FBI hounds from hell will find this guy.
Dec 28, 2013 4:55 PM CST
The ski mask; I recognize that ski mask!
Dec 28, 2013 9:06 AM CST
I hope they catch this thief.........or better yet give him what he did to the cop.