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Updated: 12/23/2013 7:12 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Tupelo mayor's office confirmed police Corporal Gale Stauffer, 38, has died after a shooting in Tupelo on Monday.

Tupelo Police Department said Stauffer and another officer were shot in the 400 block of S. Gloster Street while responding to a bank robbery at BancorpSouth Gloster Creek Village branch.

The other officer remains in critical and guarded condition.

"This is a day that no family, no law enforcement agency or city wants to endure," said Mayor Jason Shelton.

Tupelo city spokesperson Sarah Robinson confirmed there were multiple suspects who fled the scene heading east.

There is conflicting information on the description of the suspects' vehicle. Some said the suspects were seen driving a white Yukon and others claim the vehicle was a smaller SUV.

At a news conference outside of City Hall, Chief Aguirre said there are no suspects in custody and the suspects' location is unknown. A $50 thousand reward is being offered for information on suspects' whereabouts.

The investigation is being turned over to the FBI.

Officials are asking citizens to report any information about the suspects' whereabouts to 1-800-773-TIPS.

Stauffer is the son of Debbie Brangenberg, the executive director of the Downtown Tupelo-Main Street Association. He leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 2 and 6.
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