Dec 28 A bank robbery suspect who shot two
police officers in Mississippi, killing one, has been linked to
another attempted robbery two states away in Georgia, the FBI
said on Saturday.
The search for the unidentified male suspect has expanded
across the southeastern United States and a reward of $100,000
has been offered for information leading to his arrest, said
Deborah Madden, a spokeswoman for the Jackson, Mississippi, FBI
The suspect robbed a bank in the northeastern Mississippi
town of Tupelo on Monday, opening fire on two officers as he
fled the scene, the FBI said. Officer Gale Stauffer, 38, was
shot at close range and died from his wounds, the FBI and local
authorities said. The other officer was critically wounded.
The FBI now believes the same suspect had hours earlier
attempted to rob a bank in Atlanta, which is about 300 miles
(482 km) east of Tupelo.
Surveillance photos from an Atlanta-area Bank of America
show a man wearing a black ski mask and wielding a gun
attempting to rob a teller and then demanding money from a
customer in an ATM vestibule, the FBI said.
The suspect was wearing tan pants, sneakers and the same
oversized, distinctly patterned shirt in both incidents, the FBI
said, adding that a gray sedan was seen fleeing both crime
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in New York; Editing by David
Bailey and Eric Beech)