FBI ups reward money, gives more suspect information

FBI wanted poster

FBI wanted poster

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TUPELO – FBI and local law enforcement held a news conference on Friday night and announced the following:

The FBI upped its portion of the reward money from $50,000 to $100,000 on Friday. That brings the total amount to $202,500 for information in the armed robbery and shooting of two Tupelo police officers Monday.

The FBI also announced investigators believe the same person involved in the incident is also responsible for an attempted armed robbery at a Bank of America in Atlanta on Monday morning.

New photos are available on the FBI website and a wanted poster is now available.

Sgt. Kevin “Gale” Stauffer, 38, was killed, and Officer Joseph Maher, 27, was injured and is slowly recovering at North Mississippi Medical Center, according to Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre. They were shot Monday around 3:15 p.m. after an armed robbery at the BancorpSouth branch at 430 S. Gloster St. The shooting took place near Crosstown while traffic was halted for a train.

  • Tupelo_Guy

    A train came through during a bank robbery where people couldn’t get escape. We’ve got to do something about the Crosstown trains….build a bridge or relocate the tracks elsewhere! I hope this caught someone’s attention.

    • FrereJocques

      Not as long as it’s going to cost some $400 MILLION dollars to do it.

      Funny how we can build a mile of 4-lane highway for about $10 or $15 million, but not a railroad trestle.