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One officer dead, another critical after being shot responding to bank robbery

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photo of Corporal Gale Stauffer courtesy of Remembering Cpl. Gale Stauffer TPD EOW 12/23/13 Facebook page photo of Corporal Gale Stauffer courtesy of Remembering Cpl. Gale Stauffer TPD EOW 12/23/13 Facebook page
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Tupelo Police Corporal Gale Stauffer was killed and another officer critically wounded during a shootout at the BancorpSouth Gloster Creek Village branch Monday afternoon.

Officers responded to a bank robbery in progress about 3:15 PM at the BancorpSouth on South Gloster Street.  According to Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre, upon arrival, officers were confronted by at least one suspect when a shootout occurred.

One suspect is described as 5'9" to 6' tall with a thin build, a light complexion and may be black. Authorities said he may be injured.  Witness accounts indicate the person's accent is unique and he may not be from the area. The suspect is described as wearing khaki pants, white Converse-type shoes, a light colored, long sleeve shirt or jacket with an Aztec design and a ski mask. 

The suspect's vehicle is described as a charcoal colored, medium sized sedan that may have been rented and may have damage from gunfire.

At a news conference Monday police said a $100,000 reward is being offered for information on the suspects' whereabouts.

Stauffer leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 2 and 6.

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