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   A Tupelo police officer who was killed Monday while answering a call to a bank robbery has strong ties to Grenada, according to friends of his family.
   The officer, Gale Stauffer, 38, was the grandson of the Rev. Roy McAlilly, who pastored the First United Methodist Church here for a number of years. His mother is Debbie McAlilly Brangenberg.
Another officer, whose name has not been released, was also shot.
   The officers were responding to a bank robbery call from BancorpSouth at 430 S. Gloster St., around 3:15 p.m. They arrived in separate cars and pursued the suspect’s car as it headed north on Gloster Street. The suspects jumped out and immediately began firing at the officers.
   The Federal Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation, which is now focused on a male suspect said to be about 5-feet-9 to 6-feet tall, thin, with light complexion, possibly African American. He also might be heavily armed.
   The suspect might be in a charcoal color, medium-sized four-door sedan, possibly a Chrysler 200 or a Honda of some type. He also may be on foot, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen during a Monday night press conference.
   The suspect may have been injured and the car may have gunfire damage.
   Stauffer and his wife, Beth, have a daughter Dixie, 6, and son Skip, 2.

Some information from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.


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