The armed bank robber(s) who shot two Tupelo Police officers, killing one, were being sought after in a multi-state manhunt by the FBI. After details from the Tupelo robbery linked the killer(s) to other robberies in different Southern states, the FBI determined that they needed to broaden their search outside of the Mississippi State area.
Tupelo Bank Robber Believed To Be Killed In Arizona ShootoutA shootout on Saturday left a gunman dead, after police in Arizona exchanged gun fire with suspects. A man matching the description of the Mississippi bank robber was attempting to rob a bank in Phoenix Arizona when Phoenix Police Officers came to the rescue. The FBI later released a statement to say that they believe the bank robber who was killed was the same individual who robbed the bank in Atlanta earlier in the week, and then robbed the BancorpSouth bank in Tupelo where officer Stauffer was shot and killed. Stauffer’s partner Joseph Maher survived his critical wounds in the same shootout.
In Phoenix on Saturday morning a bystander had witnessed a masked man run into a Compass Bank branch in Northwest Phoenix ans phoned the police. When Phoenix Police arrived at the seem they confronted the masked gunman. The bank robber exited the bank with a bag of money in one hand, and a pistol in the other. When the Phoenix Police Officer asked the robber to comply with his orders the robber instead raised his weapon and began shooting at the officer. The Officer wounded the bank robber with return fire, and thankfully was not harmed in the process. The wounded bank robber was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead.
Tupelo Bank Robber Believed To Be Killed In Arizona Shootout.