Fifth suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Mississippi officers

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2 Officers Killed; Suspects Appear in Court

A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection with the killings of two Mississippi police officers over the weekend, officials said on Wednesday.

Abram Wade Franklin, 29, was charged with obstruction of justice over the shootings that occurred during a routine traffic stop on Saturday, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, a recent police academy graduate, were shot after Deen stopped a gold Cadillac Escalade in the city of Hattiesburg.

Autopsy results by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations released on Monday showed one of the officers was shot in the face and the other in the back.

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Fifth suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Mississippi officers
This combination of undated photos released the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation shows, Marvin Banks, left, and his brother Curtis Banks. The brothers are wanted in the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation via The Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
Youlander Ross, right, mother of slain Hattiesburg Police Officer Liquori Tate, is embraced by an officer after a vigil service Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Officers Benjamin Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Hattiesburg Assistant Police Chief Frank Misenhelter reacts during a vigil service for Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
An attendee reacts during a prayer at a vigil service for Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
This undated photo released by the Hattiesburg Police Department, shows Officer Liquori Tate in Hattiesburg, Miss. Officer Tate and Officer Benjamin Deen were fatally shot during a traffic stop, Saturday evening, May 9, 2015, in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg, prompting a statewide manhunt early Sunday for two suspects, authorities said. (Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the Hattiesburg Police Department, shows Officer Benjamin Deen in Hattiesburg, Miss. Officer Deen and Officer Liquori Tate were fatally shot during a traffic stop, Saturday evening, May 9, 2015, in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg, authorities said. A law enforcement official says three people have been arrested and two of them have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of the two Mississippi police officers. (Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
Hattiesburg, Miss., Police Sgt. Greg Holliman waits for the start of a vigil service for Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Attendees applaud during a vigil service for Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
HATTIESBURG, MS - MAY 11: Police officers and other mourners depart a memorial service honoring slain Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 11, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The officers were killed in what started as a routine traffic stop and the four suspects are making their first court appearance today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
HATTIESBURG, MS - MAY 11: An American flag hangs following a memorial service honoring slain Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 11, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The officers were killed in what started as a routine traffic stop and the four suspects are making their first court appearance today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Katie Walmon, the mother of Marvin Bank's six-year-old son, speaks to reporters outside the Forrest County Courthouse in Hattiesburg, Miss., Monday, May 11, 2015, about the child's father who, along with his brother Calvin Banks, and two other people are charged in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mary Smith, the mother of brothers Marvin and Calvin Banks, who are both charged in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers on Saturday night, speaks to reporters outside the Forrest County Courthouse in Hattiesburg, Miss., Monday, May 11, 2015. Older brother Marvin Banks, 29, is charged with two counts of capital murder and his younger brother Curtis Banks, 26, is charged with two counts of being an accessory to murder after the fact. Also involved are Joanie Calloway, 22, who is charged with two counts of capital murder and Cornelius Clark, 28, was arrested on a charge of obstruction of justice. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
HATTIESBURG, MS - MAY 11: Law enforcement and other mourners gather during a memorial service honoring slain Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 11, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The officers were killed in what started as a routine traffic stop and the four suspects are making their first court appearance today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
MURDER SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED: If you have any information on Curtis Banks or Marvin Banks call your local agency. http://t.co/Hfw99XJt2f
In this undated photo released by the Hattiesburg Police Department, Officer Benjamin Deen participates in K-9 training at the police academy in Hattiesburg, Miss. Officer Deen and Officer Liquori Tate were fatally shot during a traffic stop, Saturday evening, May 9, 2015, in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg, prompting a statewide manhunt early Sunday for two suspects, authorities said. (Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
Donna Nelson of Petal, Miss., pays her respects at a makeshift memorial, near the site where two Mississippi police officers were killed, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. The officers were shot to death during an evening traffic stop turned violent, a state law enforcement spokesman said Sunday. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Area residents Alberta Harris, center, and Waynetta Theodore, left, and Christiena Preston, console each other as they pay their respects at a makeshift memorial, near the site where two Mississippi police officers were killed, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. The officers were shot to death during an evening traffic stop turned violent, a state law enforcement spokesman said Sunday. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A City of Hattiesburg employee, left, reacts Sunday morning, May 10, 2015, as a police officer surveys the site where two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers were shot to death during a Saturday evening traffic stop. Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, tells The Associated Press that 29-year-old Marvin Banks and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Banks' 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Miller Rose Mozingo, the youngest daughter of Circuit Judge Tony Mozingo, adjusts a bouquet of Mother's Day roses that the family placed near the site where two Hattiesburg, Miss., police were fatally shot the night before, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Hattiesburg. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
This undated photo released by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation shows 26-year-old suspect Curtis Banks. Banks and his brother Marvin, 29, are wanted in the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation via The Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, shows 29-year-old suspect Marvin Banks. Banks and his brother Curtis, 26, are wanted in the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation via The Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
Photos from earlier at the scene at the Bouie Street intersection where 2 HPD officers where killed. #WDAM http://t.co/MdkeZ7sw79
Humbled by the unselfishness of #PoliceOfficers Deen and Tate #ThankYou #LEO #Hattiesburg http://t.co/yzCkx0DHlH
BREAKING: Two Hattiesburg police officers shot. http://t.co/z0SdDu3S1Q
It's with great sadness to say that one of our brothers with Hattiesburg PD was killed in the line of duty. Prayers for his family.
Mayor DuPree prepares to go live with @wdam @RyanMooreMS 4 latest on the HPD officers shot. Tune in @10 #Hattiesburg http://t.co/6IBGr2w5qb
JUST IN: Two police officers shot, killed in Mississippi. Authorities looking for shooter. http://t.co/PmoXNvX8Go http://t.co/NTQsJmyxAu
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At least one of the suspects fled in a police car that was later found abandoned. Officials have declined to discuss a possible motive.

Marvin Banks, 29, was charged with two counts of capital murder while his brother, Curtis Banks, 26, and Joanie Calloway, 22, were charged with accessory after the fact of capital murder. Cornelius Clark had also been charged with obstruction of justice.

The shooting, which was the first killing of a Hattiesburg police officer in more than 30 years, shook the southern Mississippi city of 48,000 people.

Deen and Tate were the ninth and 10th law enforcement officers in the United States shot and killed by assailants in 2015, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a non-profit organization that tracks police deaths in the line of duty.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Michael Perry)




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