Media reporting Tupelo shooting case reaching Chicago

Daily Journal

djournal-crime-news3Media outlets are reporting leads in Chicago related to Tupelo’s bank robbery and police officer shooting.

According to WMC – TV in Memphis, several law enforcement agencies have received tips that led investigators to the Chicago area to question a person. WMC-TV also said an NBC affiliate reported an all-points bulletin was put out in the city.

Locally, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Ray Hall said there is nothing to release on the Chicago report, but he said, “I can say we are following some good leads but there has been no formal charges filed and we are still running leads.”

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.

Stauffer’s funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday and the community is lined up throughout downtown in support.