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

(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."

This is a BancorpSouth bank surveillance screen shot released by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety of the robbery.
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)
Tupelo Honor Guardsmen at the the funeral for Tupelo Police Sgt. Kevin Gale Stauffer Friday.
Tupelo Honor Guardsmen at the the funeral for Tupelo Police Sgt. Kevin "Gale" Stauffer Friday.   (AP Photo/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells)
An FBI photo of the bank robber in Atlanta.
An FBI photo of the bank robber in Atlanta.   (FBI)
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