Authorities Release Name of Slain Police Officer

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Eupora, Miss.

The name of a Eupora police officer who died while trying to stop a vehicle believed to have been used in a failed bank robbery has been released.

State officials say Officer Keith Crenshaw was placing spike strips along U.S. Highway 82 in front of the suspects' car Wednesday.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Criss Turnipseed says the driver swerved to avoid the spikes and hit Crenshaw, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Turnipseed says the car then hit a metal utility pole. One of three men in the car was killed; the two others were injured.

Authorities say 33-year-old Frank Maye was in intensive care at a Tupelo hospital, while 26-year-old Brandon Johnson is being held on armed robbery charges in the Grenada County Jail. Both are from Orlando, Fla.