Two Mississippi police officers were shot to death during an evening traffic stop turned violent, a state law enforcement spokesman said Sunday. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder.
The deaths of the officers are the first to hit the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg in three decades – and follow by a day the funeral of a New York City officer who was shot in the head while stopping a man suspected of carrying a handgun.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant released a statement saying he was “mourning” the loss of the officers.
“This should remind us to thank all law enforcement for their unwavering service to protect and serve. May God keep them all in the hollow of his hand,” Bryant said.
Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, were each charged with two counts of capital murder. Banks was also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and with grand theft for fleeing in the police cruiser after the shooting, Strain said.