Wounded officer stable; memorial arrangements set

MAHER

MAHER

STAUFFER

STAUFFER

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.

Funeral Procession

Funeral Procession

  • aaron

    I saw on the news today about the vigil. ok, that was only done because his mother works for the city and publicity was needed. I also saw all that food that has been given to the law enforcement. how f ing sick and selfish are these officers? why do these places not donate food to those who AREN’T COPS, have been killed or to those who don’t get anything to eat. to show cops pulling off tin foil and opening boxes of cupcakes and cakes is truly disgusting. SHAME on these places that donate food to these officers who have wives and family at home. the majority are pretty fat so they can do without. wtva needs to stop showing these officers getting free damn food and shame on the places that give it to the city, not like blood donors deserve a nice meal for saving the life of a dumbass. guess they’re looking for some back scratching for it.