Earlier this morning (May 10), a pair of brothers and a woman were arrested in connection to the shooting deaths of two Mississippi police officers. The shooting happened after a routine traffic stop, igniting a statewide manhunt that ended without resistance.
The incident took place in the town of Hattiesburg, located in the southeast portion of the state. Around 8:30 p.m. CST, one officer pulled over a gold Escalade one of the brothers were driving. As a second officer arrived on the scene, shots began to ring out. At the end of the melee, 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and 25-year-old Liquori Tate were shot dead.
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Authorities arrested Curtis Banks, 26, and Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, early Sunday morning. They were taken to Troop J of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, where they were to be questioned by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
Marvin Banks and Calloway have been charged with two counts each of capital murder, and Curtis Banks is charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to capital murder.
At this point, authorities are not discussing the motive. They said interviews with the suspects are ongoing. Toxicology tests are also pending.
The trio split apart after the shooting, with their arrests occurring at varying times throughout Sunday morning. Two women drove by and saw Deen and Tate suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the women said the officers said to her, “Am I dying? I know I’m dying. Just hand me my Walkie-Talkie.”
Tate was a recent police academy graduate, boasting of his accomplishment last June via Facebook. Deen was a K-9 officer who was named Officer Of The Year in 2012. Police haven’t been killed in Hattiesburg in the last 30 years.
Photo: Oxford Police Handout