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Reward raised to $142,500 for officer shooting suspect arrests

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Tupelo Police Officer, Colonel Gale Stauffer, 38, killed in the line of duty Tupelo Police Officer, Colonel Gale Stauffer, 38, killed in the line of duty
Suspect wanted in deadly police bank robbery shooting in Tupelo, Miss. (courtesy Mississippi Department of Public Safety) Suspect wanted in deadly police bank robbery shooting in Tupelo, Miss. (courtesy Mississippi Department of Public Safety)
Suspect wanted in deadly police bank robbery shooting in Tupelo, Miss. (courtesy Mississippi Department of Public Safety) Suspect wanted in deadly police bank robbery shooting in Tupelo, Miss. (courtesy Mississippi Department of Public Safety)
Suspects' vehicle, gray Dodge Stratus, believed to be associated in deadly police bank robbery shooting in Tupelo, Miss. (courtesy Mississippi Department of Public Safety) Suspects' vehicle, gray Dodge Stratus, believed to be associated in deadly police bank robbery shooting in Tupelo, Miss. (courtesy Mississippi Department of Public Safety)
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TUPELO, Miss. (FOX13) -

UPDATE:

Several local banks have joined with BancorpSouth to contribute to the reward for any information that leads law enforcement to the apprehension of the suspects involved in the shooting of two Tupelo Police officers Monday afternoon.

In addition to the $50,000 offered by the FBI, BancorpSouth has already committed another $50,000. Renasant Bank announced it will contribute $25,000, Trustmark Bank will contribute $5,000 and Regions Bank will contribute $7,500.  McDonald's of North Mississippi is also contributing $5,000 to the reward.

The mayor has also ordered a proclamation that all flags in the city of Tupelo be lowered to half-staff.

Finally, Gale Stauffer was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.

There is a candlelight vigil to memorialize Sgt. Stauffer and to honor the other officer injured in Monday's tragic shooting Christmas evening around the Christmas tree in Fairpark. The vigil starts at 5 p.m.

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According to city of Tupelo, Miss., spokeswoman Sarah Robinson, one of the two Tupelo Police officers who were shot while responding to a bank robbery has died.

The officer who died has been identified as 38-year-old Corporal Gale Stauffer, Robinson said. Stauffer leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 2 and 6.

The other officer who was shot is listed in critical condition. Both officers were taken to North Mississippi Medical Center.

"We ask for your continued prayers for the officers and their families," Robinson said.

Both officers responded Monday afternoon to a bank robbery at a BancorpSouth branch near Gloster Creek Village, Robinson said. The officers encountered the suspects near the intersection of South Gloster and Carnation Street near the Atlanta Bread Company parking lot.

Gunfire was exchanged between the officers and the suspects as they were fleeing the scene, Robinson said.

Witnesses told investigators a man approached the officers and shot them at point-blank range, The Associated Press said. They said at least one of the officers was shot in the head.

Two, possibly three, suspects escaped in a white Yukon sports utility vehicle and a gray Isuzu SUV.  The suspects are reportedly heavily armed and dangerous, Robinson said.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for info leading to arrest of the suspects. Monday evening a matching $50,000 reward is also being matched by BancorpSouth for info leading to arrest of the suspects.

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Robinson said the reward money will likely increase. She also said she was unsure of the bank robbers got away with any money.

Anyone with information on the suspects should contact Tupelo Police at 1-662-841-6491, the Lee County Sheriff's Crimestoppers tip line at 800-773-TIPS or the Lee County Sheriff's website.

Monday evening the Mississippi Department of Public Safety uploaded to social media an image of one of the bank heist suspects as well as an image of one of the vehicles used, a gray vehicle.

A release from the Mississippi Department of Public safety, authorities are looking for a black male last seen wearing a Carhartt hoodie, blue jeans and a ski mask. During a news conference Monday evening FBI Special Agent in Charge said Daniel McMullen said Monday evening police are looking for a man who is 5-foot-9 or 6-foot-0 in height, with a light complexion, wearing khaki or cargo pants.

The prime suspect could be injured from the exchange of gunfire with the Tupelo officers. As well the white Yukon SUV mentioned earlier in the search for the suspects has been eliminated as a suspected vehicle.

The suspect's vehicle could be charcoal or gray in color, a Dodge, Chrysler or Honda model.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Two Tupelo police officers were shot Monday afternoon during a chase following a bank robbery.

Both officers were seriously injured while responding to a bank robbery at a BanCorp South branch near Gloster Creek Village, said Sarah Robinson, city of Tupelo spokeswoman.

Two, possibly three, suspects escaped from the scene in a white Yukon and were headed east. The suspects were reportedly heavily armed and dangerous, Robinson added.

Gunfire was exchanged between the officers and the suspects as the suspects were fleeing the scene, Robinson said.

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