TUPELO – Wounded Tupelo Police Officer Joseph Maher’s condition is now stable according to Tupelo Deputy Police Chief Allan Gilbert.
Maher’s condition was previously considered critical after suffering a gunshot wound responding to a Monday afternoon bank robbery.
Maher, 27, is slowly recovering at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Visitation is being held today for Sgt. Kevin “Gale” Stauffer, 38, who was killed during the same gunfire exchange, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Gathering Room of First United Methodist Church on West Main Street.
Stauffer’s memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the sanctuary of the church. Burial with military and law enforcement honors will follow the service at the Tupelo Memorial Park in Tupelo.
Mayor Jason Shelton is encouraging anyone who is unable to attend the service to line the funeral procession route at 11:45 a.m. to show support for Stuaffer’s family.
During the memorial, Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will handle law enforcement duties inside the city of Tupelo.
City officials are asking residents along Woodlawn Street to refrain from parking in the street between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Main Street will be closed from Front Street to Madison Street from 8 a.m. until after the procession. Joyner Street will be closed from Jackson Street to Fletcher Street beginning at noon.
The procession will leave First United Methodist Church on Main Street going west to Gloster Street where it will turn north on Gloster Street, west on Jackson Street, north on Clayton Avenue, west onto Woodlawn Street and then north onto Joyner Street.