By JB Clark
TUPELO – The FBI believes the same person involved in Monday’s armed robbery and shooting also attempted to rob a bank in Atlanta the same day.
FBI Special Agent Daniel McMullen said Friday night it appears the same man attempted to rob a Bank of America that morning and then traveled to Tupelo where he robbed a BancorpSouth about 3:15 p.m.
Sgt. Kevin “Gale” Stauffer, 38, and Officer Joseph Maher, 27, were shot by a fleeing suspect when responding to the robbery call.
Stauffer was laid to rest on Friday while Maher was slowly improving from his critical wounds.
Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said Maher’s wife reported he has greatly improved over the past two days and was able to walk some with assistance on Friday. He was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit into a private room at North Mississippi Medical Center.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, FBI and other law enforcement agencies are continuing to investigate, and no charges have been filed in the case.
Also on Friday, the FBI upped its portion of the reward money from $50,000 to $100,000. That brings the total amount to $202,500 for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Anyone with information about the robbery suspects or anyone who was in the area of BancorpSouth and Atlanta Bread Company on South Gloster Street between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday is encouraged to call the FBI hotline at (800) 225-5324.