Two Mississippi Officers shot, Four Suspects arrested
Two police officers were shot Saturday night and four suspects have been taken into custody in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were on duty at a traffic stop when they were fired at. Deen conducted a traffic stop and called for backup. Tate arrived sometime later and both were shot.
They were sent to hospital, but both succumbed to their fatal gunshot injuries. "The men and ladies behind me are very good at solving these kinds of crimes. And they're very good because our community works together", said DuPree.
According to authorities, a police car was used by the suspects to escape the scene. The vehicle was later recovered. Two counts of capital murder charges have been imposed in Marvin Banks and Joanie Calloway by the police. Banks' 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, is facing charges of two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. Cornelius Clark, the fourth suspect, is charged with obstruction of justice.
Outside the Hattiesburg Police Department, the US flag flew at half-staff. A local judge, Tony Mozingo, went on to the scene of shooting with his wife and two daughters to leave some red roses to commemorate the officer killed in the shooting incident.
DuPree told reporters that the community needs to come together during this hard time. The case is now being handled by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.