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One officer dead, another critical after being shot responding to bank robbery

photo of Corporal Gale Stauffer courtesy of Remembering Cpl. Gale Stauffer TPD EOW 12/23/13 Facebook page

TupeloPolice Corporal Gale Stauffer was killed and another officer critically wounded duringa shootout at the BancorpSouth Gloster Creek Village branch Monday afternoon.

Officers responded to a bank robberyin progress about 3:15 PM at the BancorpSouth on South Gloster Street.{} According to Tupelo Police Chief{}BartAguirre, upon arrival, officers were confronted by at least one suspect when ashootout occurred.

One suspect is described as 5'9" to 6' tallwith a thin build, a light complexion and may be black. Authorities said he may be injured. {}Witness accounts indicate the person's accentis unique and he may not be from the area. The suspect is described aswearing khaki pants, white Converse-type shoes, a light colored, long sleeveshirt or jacket with an Aztec design and a ski mask.{}

The suspect's vehicle is described as a charcoalcolored, medium sized sedan that may have been rented and may have damage fromgunfire.

At a news conference Monday policesaid a $100,000 reward is being offered for information on the suspects'whereabouts.

Stauffer leaves behind a wife and two children,ages 2 and 6.

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