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FBI: Dead Phoenix bank robber believed to be Tupelo robber

Scene on South Gloster Street where two Tupelo police officers were shot. (Alvin Ivy, WTVA)
Scene on South Gloster Street where two Tupelo police officers were shot. (Alvin Ivy, WTVA)
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Updated: 12/29/2013 11:55 am
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — The FBI says it believes a bank robber killed Saturday morning in Phoenix is the same robber who held up a Tupelo bank Monday and shot two police officers.

A news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday in Tupelo where law enforcement is expected to release more information.  We will carry it live on WTVA, ABC WTVA and WLOV.

Our Tyler Hill reports the mobile command post that was in operation at the BancorpSouth Arena is being dismantled.

Police in Phoenix say a robber entered a Compass Bank, encountered a police detective after leaving and died following an exchange of gunfire.

The FBI announced Friday night someone tried to rob a Bank of America in Atlanta Monday morning but failed. That same person did rob someone at an ATM outside the bank before leaving.

Federal authorities linked that attempted holdup to the Monday afternoon robbery of the BancorpSouth at Gloster Creek Village. Two Tupelo police officers were shot following that crime.

Sergeant Gale Stauffer died in the shooting on South Gloster Street near Crosstown.  He was laid to rest Friday.

Officer Joseph Maher is recovering at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.  He is out of intensive care.
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