Person of Interest in Tupelo Shooting

Tupelo, Miss.
Authorities are asking help in locating a man identified as a person of interest in connection with a Tupelo bank robbery and fatal shooting of a Tupelo police officer Monday.

If anyone knows this person or how to contact him, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-773-8477 or the Tupelo Police Department at 662-841-6491.

Police Corporal Kevin Gale Stauffer, 38, died after being shot Monday. Stauffer had responded to a bank robbery.

Another officer was also shot during the robbery and remained in critical and guarded condition Tuesday.

A surveillance photo was retrieved from a bank camera during the hold-up at the Bancorp South branch at Gloster Creek Village.

Authorities say the suspect is 5' 9" to 6', has a thin build, light complexion, possibly African American, and was wearing khaki or cargo pants.

Witnesses said a heavily armed suspect approached the officers and shot them at point-blank range. They said at least one of the officers was shot in the head.

Authorities were looking for a dark gray Dodge Stratus Monday evening, which was believed to be the getaway vehicle. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Tuesday the FBI says the killer may have driven a charcoal colored, medium-sized, four-door sedan, possibly a Chrysler 200 or a Honda of some type.

A $100,000 reward is being offered for information on the suspects' whereabouts. The investigation has been turned over to the FBI.

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