Bank Robbery Shootout Leaves One Officer Dead, One Wounded

TUPELO, Miss. (December 24, 2013) One police officer is dead and a second was in critical condition Tuesday after a shootout with suspected bank robbers in Tupelo, Miss.

The officers responded in separate cars to the robbery at around 3:15 p.m. Monday at BancorpSouth.

They both were pursuing the robbers’ car when the suspects stopped, got out and opened fire.

Officer Kevin "Gale" Stauffer, 38, was killed, and a 26-year-old officer, whose name was not released, was seriously injured.

FBI agents were looking Tuesday for at least one suspect who they say might be heavily armed.

The FBI offered a reward of $50,000, which BancorpSouth matched.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said a bystander used a fallen officer's radio to report the shooting, which he said may have saved the second officer's life.


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