Update at 2:11 p.m.: According to the New Albany police chief and Union County sheriff, the man the FBI questioned in New Albany was not involved in Monday’s incident. Willia Boose was questioned and both he and his car were released. The sheriff said he is not aware of any other leads in Union County at this time.
Law enforcement is on the ground in New Albany interviewing people and following up on leads regarding a suspect in Monday’s shooting of two Tupelo Police officers.
Authorities are not releasing any information at this time, but there is a car on Baker Street in New Albany that matches the description of the car involved in Monday’s robbery and shooting. It is a Crysler 200 with Louisiana commercial plates with a plate number N337254. A section of the road is blocked off.
The FBI, MBI and U.S. Marshals have been on the ground in New Albany since 6 a.m. today and they are currently interviewing a man. At 11:45 a.m., reporters on scene said four officers went into 515 Baker St.
A Tupelo police officer was shot and killed and a second is in critical condition after they responded to a bank robbery on Monday afternoon.
Authorities confirmed Kevin “Gale” Stauffer, 38, was killed, and a 26-year-old officer was injured. The injured officer’s name has not yet been released.
“We are hurting; we are hurting very bad,” said Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation, which is now focused on a male suspect said to be about 5-feet-9 to 6-feet tall, thin, with light complexion, possibly African-American. He also might be heavily armed.
The suspect might be in a charcoal color, medium-sized four-door sedan, possibly a Chrysler 200 or a Honda of some type. He also may be on foot, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen during a Monday night press conference.
The suspect may have been injured and the car may have gunfire damage.