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Serial bank robber wanted for MS cop killing, killed in AZ

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FBI agents believe the same man who tried to rob a bank in Atlanta on Dec. 23 shot 2 police officers, killing one, in Tupelo, Miss.,later in the day. (Courtesy: FBI) FBI agents believe the same man who tried to rob a bank in Atlanta on Dec. 23 shot 2 police officers, killing one, in Tupelo, Miss.,later in the day. (Courtesy: FBI)
Sgt. Gale Stauffer (courtesy Tupelo Police Department) Sgt. Gale Stauffer (courtesy Tupelo Police Department)
Officer Joseph Maher (courtesy Tupelo Police Department) Officer Joseph Maher (courtesy Tupelo Police Department)
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TUPELO, Miss. (FOX13) -

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A serial bank robber, police say shot and killed a Tupelo police officer has been shot and killed during a gunfight with Phoenix police after another bank robbery.

The FBI says 40-year-old Mario Edward Garnett is the suspect in a bank robbery spree that spanned three states in less than a week.

Tupelo police say Garnett robbed a bank and later shot and killed Sgt. Gale Stauffer.  His partner, Joseph Maher was critically injured in the shooting and is recovering in the hospital.

Local, state and federal law enforcement officers worked the case and found a similar robbery had taken place earlier that day in Atlanta.

FBI officials tell FOX 13 the agency was able to access Garnett's phone records and found he was in Tupelo, Atlanta and Phoenix at the time of each robbery.

Phoenix police say Garnett robbed another bank Saturday morning.  He was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with police.

FOX 13 has learned while living in Oklahoma City, Garnett was arrested in 2010 by the Secret Service for making online threats against President Barack Obama. He also served in the U.S. Army for four years.

At a news conference Sunday in Tupelo, FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen says the investigation is not over, but he hopes the city of Tupelo and the family of late Sgt. Gale Stauffer will be able to start the healing process.

"While nothing we can do can lessen the pain and loss suffered by the family of Officer Stauffer nor can it alleviate the pain and rehabilitation of Office Maher, all of us hope the conclusion of this investigation will bring them some comfort and peace."

Stauffer's wife Beth also spoke at Sunday's news conference, thanking all the people who are helping her family heal.

"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for shining your light in this time of darkness.  Thanks you to all the agencies that worked tirelessly to get this job done.  You will forever be in our prayers."

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myFOXAtlanta.com, myFOXPhoenix.com, FOXNews.com, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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