TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Phoenix police shot and killed a bank robbery suspect Saturday morning, but law enforcement have not said if this robbery and shooting are connected to Monday’s bank robbery in Tupelo that left one police officer dead.
Late Saturday night investigators said they would hold a news conference Sunday morning to announce what they called a "significant development" in the case.
KPNX, the NBC station in Phoenix, reports a witness at a drive-through restaurant called police after he spotted a masked man entering a Compass Bank.
When the first police officer arrived at the bank, the bank robbery suspect started shooting at the officer.
A second police officer responding to the scene saw the suspect shooting at the first officer. The second officer, a police detective, fired two shots, hitting the suspect once in the chest. The suspect died at the scene.
The Tupelo robbery of a BancorpSouth Bank on Monday was followed by the shooting of Sergeant Gale Stauffer and Officer Joseph Maher. Stauffer died Monday after being shot when responding to the bank robbery. He was laid to rest Friday.
Investigators linked Monday's bank robbery and shooting in Tupelo to an attempted bank robbery in Atlanta.
Friday night, the FBI released a wanted poster and pictures that showed someone trying to rob an Atlanta bank Monday morning. The person is wearing the same jacket that was worn Monday afternoon in a robbery at the Gloster Creek Village branch of BancorpSouth in Tupelo.
Officer Joseph Maher was also shot following Monday’s bank robbery. He remains hospitalized at North Mississippi Medical Center but is out of intensive care and is walking.