A Fourth Person Has Been Charged in the Tragic Shooting Deaths of Two Mississippi Police Officers


Authorities confirmed Sunday that a fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal Saturday night shooting of two Hattiesburg police officers. 

Cornelius Clark, age unavailable, was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with obstruction of justice, Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said.

Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25. were shot and killed during a routine traffic stop. Three suspects were arrested hours later, authorities said Sunday.

Strain said Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, were each charged with two counts of capital murder. Banks was also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. In addition, he was charged with grand theft for fleeing in the police cruiser after the shooting, Strain said.

“He absconded with a Hattiesburg police cruiser. He didn’t get very far, three or four blocks and then he ditched that vehicle,” Strain said.

Banks’ brother, Curtis Banks, 26, was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.

Lamar County authorities arrested Marvin Banks at a motel shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. Curtis Banks was arrested around 3 a.m. at an apartment complex.

“No sir, I didn’t do it,” Curtis Banks told reporters gathered at the State Police barracks when Banks was brought in.

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Source: USA Today | Tim Doherty and Jason Munz, Hattiesburg (Miss.) American

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