Four suspects arrested after two Mississippi police officers’ deaths

Mississippi police arrest four suspects after two officers shot dead during traffic stop

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Four suspects were arrested in relation to the fatal shooting of two police officers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Sunday.

Police officers, 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and 25-year-old Liquori Tate, were shot about 8pm on Saturday and died of their injuries at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.

Two suspects, Marvin Banks (29) and Joanie Calloway (22), were captured after a manhunt in the area and each charged with two counts of capital murder.

Curtis Banks (26) was also arrested and charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. A fourth suspect, Cornelius Clark (28) was charged with obstruction of justice.

“"The community helped us," said Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, praising the public help.

"No parent wants to bury their child before them,” said DuPree.

The shooting occurred after officer Deen pulled over a 2000 Gold Cadillac Escalade for a routine traffic control and officer Tate arrived for backup.

They were shot shortly after calling for more backup, Mayor Dupree said.

The suspects fled the scene stealing a police vehicle, which was later found abandoned.

Police said the suspects were arrested in different locations in Hattiesburg after the manhunt.

The State court records showed the Banks brothers had criminal history with multiple arrests for firearms charges.

The shooting was the first killing of police officer in line of duty in more than 30 years in Hattiesburg.

One police officer, Brian Moore, was killed last week in Queens, New York.

With the last two deaths, number of police officers killed in line of duty since the beginning of 2015 increased to 10, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit organization tracking police deaths.

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