Two Mississippi police officers shot dead

Mississippi police officers killed while conducting a routine traffic stop

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Two police officers were shot and killed while conducting a routine traffic control in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg on Saturday.

Police officers 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and 25-year-old Liquori Tate were pronounced dead at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.

A manhunt is underway for two suspects considered dangerous and armed in connection to the killing of the two police officers. Residents have been advised to remain indoors.

Curtis Banks, 26, and his 29-year-old brother, Marvin Banks were identified as two suspects but were not confirmed to be connected to the shooting.

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

Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman, Lieut. Jon Traxler said, “All I know right now is that there was a traffic stop and someone started shooting at them and both of the officers were struck."

Authorities have confirmed that one suspect fled the scene in a police vehicle which was later found abandoned.

Johnny DuPree, Mayor of Hattiesburg, condemned the shooting and said “The person or persons who did this are not safe in the city of Hattiesburg.”

One of the police officer died at the scene while the other died after reaching the hospital.


TRTWorld and agencies