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Two Mississippi Police Officers Dead After Routine Traffic Stop

May 10, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two Mississippi Police Officers Dead After Routine Traffic Stop

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A routine traffic stop had led to the tragic shooting deaths of Two Police Patrol Officers in Mississippi. The officers were gunned down in cold blood by two armed suspects in the small town of Hattiesburg 8 p.m. Saturday night, officials said.

Hattiesburg has a diverse local population of 50,000 people living in the town, evenly split between white and black residents. The cop killing is the first in the small town since 1984.

Image: Suspects sought in police shooting

Cops arrested Marvin Banks (right) at a local hotel at around 1:15 a.m. local time Sunday, and they nabbed Curtis Banks (left) at an apartment complex roughly two hours later

Paramedics rushed both officers to a nearby hospital where both died. The armed suspects fled in the officer’s police car, which was found abandoned in the back of a railroad depot.

Officials identified the two deceased Hattiesburg cops as K-9 officer Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, who is a recent Police Academy graduate.

Police captured both suspects early Sunday morning, identified as Marvin Banks, who was first arrested at a hotel just after 1:00 a.m. Sunday, and Curtis Banks, who cops arrested two hours later at a local apartment complex. Both men have lengthy criminal records.

Just after the shooting Mayor Johnny DuPree Mayor of Hattiesburg had urged the town residents to stay inside the confounds of their homes as they conducted a search for the suspects.

“The men and woman who go out every day to make sure that we’re safe, they were turned on tonight, But the person or persons who did this are not safe in the city of Hattiesburg,” DuPree told the Clarion-Ledger on Saturday.

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