Three people were arrested after two police officers were shot during a traffic stop Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Saturday night, the Associated Press reports. Both officers died of their wounds at Forrest General Hospital.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain told the AP that Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, had been arrested without incident and charged with two counts of capital murder each. Banks’ younger brother Curtis, 26, was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.
The three suspects were stopped by Officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25. Strain said that the shots were fired by “one individual” but declined to identify who had fired them. Also, the murder weapon has not been recovered.
After the shooting, Marvin Banks stole the police car. “He absconded with a Hattiesburg police cruiser. He didn’t get very far, three or four blocks and then he ditched that vehicle,” Strain told the AP. Banks was also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of grand theft.