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Reported by: Craig Ford
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Updated: 12/29/2013 11:54 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The FBI said it believes the suspect in Monday's bank robbery — and what an agent described as an "ambush" of two Tupelo police officers — died following a bank robbery in Phoenix Saturday.

The announcement came during a Sunday morning news conference at the BancorpSouth Arena where law enforcement revealed more information from their investigation.  

Daniel McMullen, the FBI's special agent-in-charge for the Jackson, Miss., office, said cell phone records confirm the suspect was in Tupelo, Atlanta and Phoenix. Those were the locations of bank robberies or attempted bank robberies during the crime spree.

Also speaking at the news conference was the wife of slain Tupelo police Sgt. Gale Stauffer.  

"Thank you from the bottom of our heart for shining your light in this time of darkness," said Beth Stauffer.

She also asked people to continue remembering Officer Joseph Maher and his family.

Maher was wounded in Monday's shooting on South Gloster Street south of Crosstown.

He is recovering at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo and is out of intensive care.

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