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.