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Sergeant Kevin Tupelo Police Department, Mississippi

Sergeant

Kevin "Gale" Stauffer

Tupelo Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Monday, December 23, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/23/2013

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Gale Stauffer was shot and killed as he and two other officers responded to a bank robbery on South Gloster Street, near the intersection with Main Street, at approximately 3:00 pm.

As the officers approached the suspect, who was stopped in traffic at a railroad crossing, the man opened fire on them at close range. Sergeant Stauffer was shot and killed and a second officer was critically wounded before the man fled in a vehicle.

A citizen used one of the officers' radios to alert dispatchers that the officers had been shot. The wounded officer was transported to a local hospital in guarded condition.

Investigation linked the suspect to a bank robbery earlier that morning in Atlanta, Georgia. On Saturday, December 28th, the suspect was shot and killed after robbing another bank in Phoenix, Arizona, and opening fire on a responding officer. As the suspect shot at the officer a responding detective approached from the side and fatally shot him.

Sergeant Stauffer was a combat veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard. He had served with the Tupelo Police Department for eight years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant. He had previously served with the Lee County Sheriff's Office for one year.

Sergeant Stauffer is survived by his wife and two young children.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Gale was killed.

To Gale's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Sgt. Stauffer gave to his community and the citizens of Mississippi, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on December 23, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 2, 2014

 

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