Two police officers were killed in Mississippi Saturday evening, and four suspects have been arrested in connection with the slaying after initially fleeing the scene.
According to the Hattiesburg American
, officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 24, were allegedly gunned down by Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, during a routine traffic stop in Hattiesburg.
Banks and Joanie were each charged with two counts of capital murder.
Police said Calloway was driving a 2000 Gold Cadillac Escalade with passengers Banks and Cornelius Clark, 28, when Deen pulled her over for speeding.
Liquori was soon called in as backup, and both officers were shot.
Banks then allegedly stole one of the police cruisers and abandoned it a few blocks away.
Hattiesburg residents Tamika Mills and Pearnell Roberts discovered the two officers, and called 911, according to The Clarion-Ledger
"Never in my life have I experienced or seen anything like this except on TV, and to be in the midst of it, it's shocking and heartbreaking. As we were coming down Fourth Street, we noticed a bunch of lights. As we came on through, [Roberts] told me to turn around because she saw somebody laying on the ground," said Mills.
"So I backed up. That's when we noticed the officer was down. We just saw that one, but in the course of me being on the phone with 9-1-1, I turned and I saw another officer across the street rolling on the ground. [Roberts] ran across the street to check on him. He wasn't all the way alert but he asked her, 'Am I dying? I know I'm dying. Just hand me my walkie-talkie.'"
Calloway was soon arrested at a nearby convenience store, and Banks was arrested around 1:15 a.m. at a motel. Banks' brother, 26-year-old Curtis Banks, was arrested at an apartment around 3 a.m. He was soon charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. Clark was also arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.
"The men and women who go out every day to protect us, the men and woman who go out every day to make sure that we're safe, they were turned on [Saturday] night," Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said outside Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, where the officers were taken.
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