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Investigators: Masked gunman, suspect in fatal bank robbery dead

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According to the FBI Atlanta Field Office, one man wearing a black ski mask and armed with a semi-automatic handgun entered a Bank of America in Atlanta the same day of the Tupelo robbery. According to the FBI Atlanta Field Office, one man wearing a black ski mask and armed with a semi-automatic handgun entered a Bank of America in Atlanta the same day of the Tupelo robbery.
Tupelo Police Officer Gale Stauffer was shot and killed pursuing a bank robbery suspect at Bancorp South Monday. Joseph Maher, 27, was critically injured in the shooting. Tupelo Police Officer Gale Stauffer was shot and killed pursuing a bank robbery suspect at Bancorp South Monday. Joseph Maher, 27, was critically injured in the shooting.

(WMC-TV) – Investigators believe the masked gunman suspected to be the individual responsible for shooting two Tupelo police officers is dead, according to FBI officials.

Tupelo Police Officer Gale Stauffer was shot and killed pursuing a bank robbery suspect at Bancorp South Monday. Joseph Maher, 27, was critically injured in the shooting. He was recently updated to stable condition.

According to the FBI Atlanta Field Office, one man wearing a black ski mask and armed with a semi-automatic handgun entered a Bank of America in Atlanta the same day of the Tupelo robbery.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from a customer in Atlanta, the robber departed the bank without further incident. He was observed departing in a light gray vehicle with no license plate displayed.

Later that day, one officer was killed and another injured while responding to a bank robbery call in Tupelo.

On Saturday, a suspect with a similar description entered a Phoenix, Arizona bank. After leaving the bank with a bag full of cash, the suspect exchanged gunfire with a detective. The bank robber was shot and killed.

An FBI release states this bank robber was the same person responsible in the deadly Tupelo bank robbery. Cell phone records, obtained via a court order, showed that this person's phone was located in Atlanta, Tupelo and Phoenix at the time of the bank robberies.

Ricky Maxwell, with the FBI Atlanta Field Office, said, "While we are thankful that this dangerous individual is no longer a threat to the public, our thoughts and prayers remain with those officers and their families in Tupelo."

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