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Police identify man shot in Phoenix attempted bank robbery, linked shooting of Miss. officer

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Police identify man shot in Phoenix attempted bank robbery, linked shooting of Miss. officer

By Sasha Loftis. CREATED Dec 29, 2013

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The FBI says investigators used cellphone records to link a suspect to a string of bank robberies in three states, including one in Mississippi that led to the fatal shooting of a police officer.

In a press conference, Phoenix police identified him as 40-year-old Mario Edward Garnett. His relationship to Phoenix is unknown. He served in the US Army for four years, according to officers.
   
Daniel McMullen, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Jackson, Miss., told reporters Sunday that records showed Garnett's cellphone was in Atlanta, Phoenix and Tupelo, Miss., at the time of each incident.
   
He was shot and killed by Phoenix police in a bank robbery attempt Saturday.
   
McMullen said investigators believe the same suspect shot and killed Officer Gale Stauffer and wounded another officer after robbing a Tupelo bank Monday. Garnett also is accused of trying to rob an Atlanta bank earlier that day.

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