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.   (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.   (AP Photo/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells)
An FBI photo of the bank robber in Atlanta.   (FBI)
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