Butler Police Say Suspect Acted Alone

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The investigation into the armed robbery and subsequent high-speed chase through the streets of Choctaw and Lauderdale counties has now been handed over to the FBI.

But local authorities said they have worked to put the pieces together, and solidify the case against Tommy Keene.

"There was a woman that walked out of the bank before he did," said Butler Police Chief Reginald McGrew. "Naturally, everybody assumed she got in the vehicle with him."

Authorities spent Monday evening trying to locate this woman. It was thought she might have bailed out of the car on a rural road in Lauderdale County. Surveillance video of the suspect driving up to and away from the bank offered the information authorities needed.

"We went back and reviewed the video, and there wasn't anybody else there with him," said McGrew. "And so there isn't a female missing."

Once the chase ended, with a dangerous wreck at the Intersection of Dale Drive and Highway 45 in Marion, Keene was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Jackson. His injuries are numerous. The chief said he had broken arms and legs, as well as head injuries.

The FBI will conduct more interviews, including the suspect's family members, and bank personnel.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    oh brother he wasnt shot all the injuries he received was from the wreck.... he faces fed, MS. State, and Al. state charges... you know as i think of this might been better to had put a bullet in his head save the tax money.... oh but thats right he isnt at fault as his sister has stated it is his childhood... you know what he sounds like most in congress and the president and most politicians
  • by To choctaw co.resid Location: butler on Jul 15, 2010 at 04:45 AM
    That was a stupid comment. Yes he did rob a bank the same bank that my money is in but there is no way that he should have been shot if there were other measures of apprehending him. If you have a heart of death like that on a person then, all you are doing is putting that curse off of that person onto one of your loved one's so keep up the good work.
  • by Doug Location: meridian on Jul 14, 2010 at 08:39 PM
    Thanks to all persons involved for catching this fool. Now thanks to God that no one was killed or hurt by this person who had no reason being out of jail to start with. He served 4 years of a 10 year sentence. He should be doing life since that is what Armed Robbery carries but I bet one of our great DA's in the state offered him a deal since most of them would rather offer a deal then try a case. If he would have hurt somebody I think the MDOC and If he was offered a deal by a DA they should be held accountable. It may take such to happen for our system to wake up. Thanks again to all Law Enforcement for putting yourselfs in danger to catch this person.
  • by Anonymous 2 Location: Choctaw County AL on Jul 14, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    Well stupid is as stupid does. This did something stupid and now he needs to pay for what he did. AS for putting the people of Marion in danger. What if it had been the other way and he would have been chased into Alabama. I think all of the law enforcement involved both from Alabama and Mississippi did a GREAT JOB! THANKS !!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    the question is were was the P.O. on this to get out on this release you need to have a job and check in on them make sure all is right... 4 yrs in state prison he should had his degrees... but this is the fact always an excuse and not being responsible for things always another fault ... enough said
  • by ms kitty Location: choctaw county on Jul 14, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    Well if they had kept him in jail where he belonged in the first place then he would not have been out to do this. I think work release or whatever reason it was that he was able to get out in 4 years for serving a 10 year sentence was stupid. You committ a crime and in a few months able to be out and roam the streets..come on.. why put them in jail in the first place if you are going to let them out in a month or so, that is not punishment
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    I swear you people are not happy with anything. You fuss because there are criminals that don't get caught, you fuss when they do get caught because they decide not to go easy. I mean come on now. We have 1 less criminal off the roads, be thankful of that.
  • by choctaw co.resid. Location: choctaw county on Jul 13, 2010 at 06:09 PM
    This guy don't know how lucky he is, in the past most bank robbers who have robbed our banks ended up in body bags. When you stop and think about it, it would have been better than him endangering everyone else. GOOD JOB.
  • by Meridian Location: Meridian on Jul 13, 2010 at 05:27 PM
    Way to go! You endangered the lives of everyone in Marion with your high speed chase!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    Sorry not state of MS, but AL.
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