Bank Robber Killed after Massive Manhunt

Bank Robber Killed after Massive Manhunt

Phoenix police shoot and kill bank robber suspected in death of Mississippi police officer and string of other crimes.
(KPNX) Authorities said Sunday that a man who was fatally shot by a Phoenix detective during a bank robbery had been the subject of a massive manhunt after killing one Mississippi police officer and wounding another following a bank robbery last week.

The crime spree Mario Edward Garnett, 40, is suspected of committing began the morning of December 23 in Atlanta, where police said he attempted to rob a bank, failed, and instead robbed a customer at an ATM outside the building.

It continued that afternoon when he robbed a BancorpSouth in Tupelo, Mississippi and ambushed two Tupelo officers, killing one and wounding another.

It ended just after 10 a.m. Saturday in Phoenix outside the Compass Bank when a police detective fatally shot Garnett as he was firing at a Phoenix police officer.

"He committed his crimes in the south and is suddenly thousands of miles west of there in our city," Phoenix Officer James Holmes said during a Sunday press conference.

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