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Tupleo officer killed, bank robber sought

TUPELO, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The search continues this Christmas holiday for the bank robber who killed a Tupelo police officer Monday afternoon.

Another officer was seriously injured after the bank robber opened fire on officers who gave chase.

The officer killed has been identified as 38 year old Sergeant Gale Stauffer. His is the father of two children, ages 2, and 6.

The name and condition of the second officer injured, have not been released.

Tuesday the FBI and Tupelo investigators released a surveillance video, showing a charcoal-colored sedan.

Investigators say it shows the bank robber arriving at the Bancorp south parking lot seconds before the robbery, and shooting.

The FBI is now leading the investigation into the incident.

Witnesses say the robber could have had an accomplice.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said, "He was a patrol officer, very dedicated to his job. He did what he loved doing and that was being a police officer."

For much of the day Tuesday, officers concentrated their search for the armed bank robber on a neighborhood in New Albany, which is just to the north of Tupelo.

That search was called off after it was determined a car matching the suspect car spotted there, was not involved.

Funeral services for officer Stauffer will be held Friday at 11:00 am, at First United Methodist church in Tupelo.

He is the first Tupelo police officer killed in the line of duty.

A reward for information leading to an arrest of his killer has surpassed $140,000.00, and continues to grow.

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