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FBI: Dangerous bank robbery suspect shot, killed

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The FBI released this picture from the attempted bank robbery in Buckhead on Monday. They say he then went to Miss. for another bank robbery that ended with the shooting death of an officer. The FBI released this picture from the attempted bank robbery in Buckhead on Monday. They say he then went to Miss. for another bank robbery that ended with the shooting death of an officer.
The suspect shot and killed Tupelo Police Sgt. Kevin "Gale" Stauffer after being confronted by the veteran law enforcement officer on Monday. (Courtesy: Tupelo Police Department) The suspect shot and killed Tupelo Police Sgt. Kevin "Gale" Stauffer after being confronted by the veteran law enforcement officer on Monday. (Courtesy: Tupelo Police Department)
Tupelo Police Department Officer Joseph Mahen also was shot and critically injured in the gun fight on Monday. (Courtesy: Tupelo Police Department) Tupelo Police Department Officer Joseph Mahen also was shot and critically injured in the gun fight on Monday. (Courtesy: Tupelo Police Department)
The scene in Phoenix on Saturday after police there shot and killed a man robbing a bank. The FBI says it's the same man responsible for a string for crimes. The scene in Phoenix on Saturday after police there shot and killed a man robbing a bank. The FBI says it's the same man responsible for a string for crimes.
The FBI says the same man who tried to rob a bank in Atlanta ended up robbing a bank in Tupelo, Miss. The FBI says the same man who tried to rob a bank in Atlanta ended up robbing a bank in Tupelo, Miss.
ATLANTA -

The manhunt for the man who shot two Miss. police officers, killing one may be over. The FBI believes the man responsible for shooting and killing Tupelo Police Sgt. Kevin "Gale" Stauffer after trying to rob an Atlanta bank earlier in the day is dead.

Phoenix police identified the suspect Sunday as Mario Edward Garnett. Police spokesman James Holmes said that it was unclear when Garnett arrived in the state.

The FBI states that a masked man entered the Compass Bank around 10 a.m. local Phoenix time. He was armed with a handgun and demanded cash. After filling bag of cash from the vault the man fled.

MORE: (myFOXPhoenix.com) Bank robber killed by Phoenix PD identified as Tupelo suspect

The first officer to arrive saw the man leave the bank with a bag and a handgun.

"The officer drew his service weapon and began giving the suspect commands at which time the suspect raised his weapon and began firing at the officer," Holmes said in an earlier statement.

A detective who had just arrived at the scene shot the suspect, who was pronounced dead after being taken to a Phoenix hospital. No officers or bank employees were injured.

Holmes said Garnett drove a rental car to the Phoenix bank. It was unclear where Garnett had been and what he had been doing while in the state.

Garnett, 40, was from the Midwest, had served for four years in the U.S. Army and appeared to have no friends or relatives in Arizona, Holmes said at a Sunday afternoon news conference.

"We have no connection of this young man here in the city of Phoenix or in Arizona," he said.

Earlier Sunday, the FBI's special agent in charge in Jackson, Miss., said that records showed the suspect's cellphone was in Atlanta, Phoenix and Tupelo at the time of each incident.

The agent, Daniel McMullen, also told reporters in Tupelo that there were "numerous similarities" between the three bank robberies, including the clothing worn by the suspect, statements he made during the incidents and his "overall modus operandi."

McMullen said the FBI believes the suspect killed by Phoenix police was the same person from the Atlanta and Tupelo robberies.

"We have no idea what he did between the 23rd of December and the 28th of December," Holmes said.

MORE: (myFOXMemphis.com) Suspected Tupelo bank robber who killed cop believed dead in Ariz.

The crime spree, that spanned at least 3 states, started on Monday morning. That is when officials say the man entered the Bank of America located in the 2600 block of Piedmont Road and attempted to rob the teller. Unsuccessful, he turned his sights to a customer at an ATM located at the entrance to the bank and made away with an undisclosed amount of money. Witnesses say the man left the scene, possibly in a Chrysler 200, with no license plate.

FBI agents say the same man then made his way to Tupelo, Miss. where got into a violent, ambush-style shootout trying to flee from police who responding to a report of robbery at BancorpSouth.

Sgt. Stauffer was killed during trying to pursue the man. Another officer, Joseph Maher, in a separate vehicle was also shot and rushed to the hospital in critical condition after a bystander used one of the officer's police radios to call for help.

Stauffer was buried Friday after a funeral attended by as many as 1,000 people. Dozens of uniformed officers from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and elsewhere attended the service.

Stauffer's wife, Beth, said her family was grateful for investigators' work and for the support they've received.

"We can truly begin the healing process, and that could not have happened without the hard work of so very many," she told reporters Sunday. "Gale would be so proud."

Tupelo police Chief Bart Aguirre told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Maher's condition has improved and he was able to walk some with assistance Friday. Maher moved out of the intensive care unit at North Mississippi Medical Center and into a private room.

MORE: (myFOXMemphis.com) 1 of 2 officers shot during Tupelo bank robbery dies

Also on Sunday, the Secret Service said Garnett was arrested in 2010 after making online threats against the president.

Secret Service spokesman Max Millien said Garnett was living in Oklahoma City at the time of the arrest. Millien would not say how the case was resolved.

MORE: (The Associated Press) Secret Service arrested robbery suspect in 2010

myFOXMemphis.com, myFOXPhoenix.com, FOXNews.com, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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