Tupelo officer shot during bank robbery, suspects still at large

By Samantha Ravenscroft,

One officer was killed and another critically injured during a bank robbery in Tupelo, Mississippi. Kevin “Gale” Stauffer, 38, was killed while the other unnamed officer is still in critical condition.

A bank robbery call came in from Bancorp South and the two officers went to investigate. The officers confronted the suspects who fled and police began their pursuit which led to a gun fight. Stauffer was pronounced dead only 30 minutes after the robbery call came in.

“We are hurting; we are hurting very bad,” said Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre notes the Daily Journal.

Authorities are looking for at least two suspects who are expected to still be in the Tupelo area.

Stauffer had been with the Tupelo Police Department since 2005. He leaves behind a wife and two young children notes USA Today.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton asked for anyone having any information about the case to come forward. “And during this time, particularly this time of year, continued thoughts and prayers. When tragedies happen, we just have to come together as a city," Shelton said.

One witness said she was in her car between police and a suspect when shots were fired. “The police told him to get back in the car, and the next thing I heard were shots.”

Officials have offered a $50,000 reward (Bancorp South is also matching that amount) for information leading to the suspects who are still at large. If you have any information that will led to the arrest of the individuals please call Crimestoppers at 800-773-TIPS or (662) 841-6491.


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