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3 arrested after shootings of 2 Mississippi police officers

2 years 2 weeks 5 days ago May 10, 2015 May 10, 2015 Sunday, May 10 2015 May 10, 2015 10:46 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A law enforcement official says three people have been arrested and two of them have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of two Mississippi police officers during a weekend traffic stop in Hattiesburg.

Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, says 29-year-old Marvin Banks and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Banks' 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.

Strain says Marvin Banks was also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and with grand theft for fleeing in the police cruiser after the shooting.

Lt. Jon Traxler, a Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman, identified the officers who died as 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and 25-year-old Liquori Tate.

Local reports identified Deen as a past department "Officer of the Year," and Tate was a newcomer to the force who Strain said was a 2014 graduate of the law enforcement academy.

IMAGE: ABC News

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