Tupelo Police Officer Dies, Second In Critical Condition

Posted on: 4:04 pm, December 23, 2013, by , updated on: 10:19pm, December 23, 2013

(Tupelo, MS) A Tupelo police officer has died and a second is in critical condition after a shooting Monday afternoon.

The officers were responding to a robbery at BancorpSouth’s Gloster Creek Village branch when they were shot.

The bank robbery call came in at about 3:15 p.m.

The two officers responded and confronted the suspects on south Gloster Street.

At least one of the suspects then began shooting at close range.

Police said they do not yet know if the officers returned fire, only that multiple casings were found in the area.

Officer Gale Stauffer was pronounced dead at 3:46 p.m.

The 38-year-old leaves behind a wife and two children. He had been with the police department for eight years, served with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for one year, and was also a combat veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard.

The other officer, whose name has not been released, is 26 years old and in critical condition.

Police say a citizen picked up one of the officers’ radios and called in “officer down.”

There are believed to be two or three suspects, who are said to be heavily armed.

From the Mississippi Department of Public Safety: “Authorities are looking for a black male, approximately 6’3” last seen wearing a Carhartt hoodie, blue jeans and a ski mask.”

Authorities are also looking for a dark gray Dodge Stratus, which is believed to be the getaway vehicle.”

Monday evening, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton issued a public appeal for information.

There is $100,000 reward for information about the suspects and their location. If you have any helpful information, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-773-TIPS.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals are in Tupelo, with other agencies reaching out to offer assistance to find the suspects.

There will be grief counseling for Tupelo police.

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  • Dear Heavenly Father…be with the officer’s family and allow swift justice to come to those who are responsible.

  • Nonya Bidness says:

    Where is the description. Armed and dangerous thugs on the street but they will not put up a description. WHY?

  • MikeBarret says:

    The original report on the Daily Journal isn’t scared. it says this

    Police are searching for a 6-foot, black male wearing a brown jacket and a blue ski cap. He is believed to be heavily armed, according to the scanner. Authorities are looking for a gray Isuzu SUV.

  • CMM says:

    We have to ask if BancorpSouth posted ‘Gun Free Zone’ in their entrances?

  • Kathleen Stauffer says:

    This is my nephew who survived Iraq and laid his life on the line for the people of Tupelo. He just finished college and leaves 2 small children. Gale is now with his grandfather who fell in Korea 60 years ago. Please catch this evil man and see that he pays for this tragedy.

    • Dottie Maletto says:

      Prayers for your family, this is beyond terrible…Hope they catch these scum bags…There are no words

    • Jennifer says:

      God Bless your family. Please know the Nation is praying for your family and that the persons responsables will be brought to justice.

  • fedup says:

    Praying for a fast and completer recovery for the officer and for GOD to granat eternal peace to the deceased officer.

  • TupeloFamily says:

    Wishing your family peace Kathleen. We are grateful for the service of Officer Stauffer and his grandfather, and for their sacrifices. Those of us in the Tupelo community are hopeful for the swift apprehension of those responsible. May justice be served. And may we all be directed to find ways to help comfort your family, and all of those affected by your loss.

  • Rev. S. H. Mickens, Senior Pastor says:

    I pray that one day we will stop labeling people. Some Black folks are evil. Some White folks are evil. We must pray for healing. I love all of God’s creation. My prayers go out for the officer’s family.

    • Jackson Bean says:

      Because black men make up 4 per cent of US population and do 49 per cent o crimes.

    • burnett blackmon says:

      pray all you want ,rev. the only help i need from above is a sniper on the roof to take out the bad guys. no labels? what do you want to call these savages? your “brothers?” tell ‘em that you and your god love them when they blow away someone you know/like/love, then stand still while they draw a bead on you.

  • tojo says:

    Fire the firm with video camera contract.

    • Pharaoh says:

      I know right. Security cameras should be able to count the hairs on someone’s head these days. This looks like footage from 1990.

  • Nonya Bidness says:

    Let’s hope the perps aren’t taken alive.

  • Buckwheat says:

    150 years of freedom and you people still act like savages.

  • So so sorry for your loss. Praying for his family and God Bless you all

  • burnett blackmon says:

    inbred savages with no conscience whatsoever. catch them and kill them then and there, then throw what’s left in a ditch and leave. save the expense of babysitting them forever at the sunflower county resort.

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