Two Mississippi Officers Killed in Traffic Stop Shooting

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Two officers are dead and four suspects are in custody in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were shot and killed Saturday night. According to officials, they were conducting a traffic stop at the time of the shooting.

Officials say Benjamin J. Deen conducted a traffic stop, he called for backup, and some time after officer Liquori Tate arrived, both officers were shot.

They were hospitalized, but later died from their injuries.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree told reporters police officer deaths are rare for the town.

“The men and ladies behind me are very good at solving these kinds of crimes. And they’re very good because our community works together,” said DuPree.

Authorities say the suspects used a police car to flee the scene. That vehicle was recovered.

Police have charged Marvin Banks and Joanie Calloway with two counts of capital murder each. Curtis Banks is charged with accessory after the fact of capital murder.

While the investigation into the deaths continues, Mayor DuPree says citizens of Hattiesburg must rely on each other for support.

“This is a time in our community that we all need to pull together,” said DuPree.

The fourth suspect is Cornelius Clark. He’s charged with obstruction of justice.

Mayor DuPree told reporters the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case.

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