Two Mississippi police officers dead after shooting during routine traffic stop; both suspects in custody

Posted by on May 10, 2015 at 9:11 am

Two Mississippi police officers were gunned down in cold blood by two armed men while the partners were on patrol in Hattiesburg on Saturday night, officials said.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. near the center of the small southern Mississippi town of 50,000 during a routine traffic stop, authorities said. Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict said both officers died after being rushed to a hospital.

Authorities questioned one “person of interest” after a pair of suspects reportedly sped off in an officer’s cruiser, only to abandon it on rail road tracks behind a train depot.

Hattiesburg police later captured the suspects and identified the two cops as K-9 officer Benjamin Deen, 34, and recent police academy graduate Liquori Tate, 25, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

Cops arrested Marvin Banks at a local hotel at around 1:15 a.m. local time Sunday, and they collared Curtis Banks at an apartment complex roughly two hours later, according to WDAM-TV. Both suspects live close to the site of the shooting and both have prior criminal records, the TV station reported.

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