Five arrests have been made already regarding the violent killing of two police officers that happened last weekend.
Benjamin Deen, who was named police officer of the year in 2014 and his partner, Liquori Tate, who had graduated from police school just last year, were gunned down on Saturday evening after they pulled over a speeding vehicle in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The vehicle was driven by Joanie Calloway and along with her, in the car, were also Marvin Banks and Curtis Banks.
Witnesses to the crime say that one of the officers (Benjamin Deen) was shot by someone in the car as soon as he approached the vehicle and the other officer (Liquori Tate) was also shot and killed as he jumped to the aid of his partner.
The police officers were later found injured by locals and were rushed to the hospital where they died because the wounds they had sustained.
Autopsy report revealed that Benjamin Deen was shot in the face while Liquori Tate was shot in the lower back and thus although, both officers were wearing bullet-proof vests, they were not protected.
After the killing, police started a veritable man-hunt to capture the offenders and they managed to arrest the three suspects the very same night.
The main suspects, were found to be Marvin Banks and the driver, Joannie Calloway, both face two counts of capital murder. The other suspect, Curtis Banks (the younger brother of Marvin Banks), was charged with accessory to murder.
Marvin Bank was also charged with grand theft auto after running off in a police car which he abandoned a few block away from the crime scene. The judge refused to set a bond for Marvin Banks, because of the high flight risk he has shown.
Later in the investigation, the police also made a fourth arrest, Cornelius Clark was charged with obstruction of justice and it is yet unknown if he was also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, but the police suspects it was so.
On May 13, a fifth suspect was charged with obstruction of justice in the case of the two murdered cops. Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin is now awaiting a hearing before a judge to assign bond. He is not suspected of being present at the scene of the crime, for the time being.
The murder of two police officers came as a shock for Hattiesburg residents and for their colleagues on the force who are doing all they can to get the people responsible for the killing behind bars.
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