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Atlanta robbery linked to Tupelo officer shooting
by Associated Press
Dec 28, 2013 | 109 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TUPELO — FBI officials believe the shooting of two Tupelo police officers is linked to an attempted bank robbery in Atlanta earlier the same day.

The Tupelo robbery of a BancorpSouth Bank about 3:15 p.m. Monday was followed by the shooting of Sgt. Gale Stauffer and Officer Joseph Maher.

Stauffer died in the shooting and was buried Friday. He spent his younger years in Corinth where his mother, Debbie McAlilly Brangenburg led the Corinth Main Street program before the family moved to Tupelo where she headed that city's Main Street program.

Maher remains hospitalized, but officials say his condition is improving.

Surveillance photos show a man wearing the same jacket tried to rob a Bank of America branch in Atlanta Monday morning. After failing to get any money from a teller, the man demanded and received an undisclosed amount of money from someone who was using an ATM.

FBI officials say the bureau is now offering a $100,000 reward in the case, raising the total reward over $200,000.
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